Blizzard Entertainment has banned more Diablo III players, but did not disclose just how many accounts had been banned, precisely when the bans were issued, or if they were permanent or temporary. In a blog post today the company revealed the bans and why they occurred.
"Over the last year, we've issued frequent rounds of account bans for cheating in Diablo III, and we've just issued another," the company said. "While we may not mention each round of account bans when they occur, we have and will continue to monitor Diablo III for exploitative behavior and take action as needed in order to help preserve the integrity of the game."
The last major ban that we know of occurred in December of last year when the company banned several thousand Diablo III accounts using botting hacks. It also had to deal with players exploiting a gold bug in the game, though most of that was handled by adjusting the market and turning back gains players made in the auction houses.
In the blog post the company also reminded players that hacks, bots and third-party software, and cheating in general is prohibited in Diablo III. Blizzard said cheating software "undermines the spirit of the game" and can result in a permanent ban.
"Not only that, but third-party programs can cause nasty technical problems, game-related bugs, and stability and performance issues with Battle.net..all of which can greatly impact your gaming experience as well as the gaming experience of others," Blizzard said.
Players with information pertaining to a hack or a bot can reach Blizzard at Hacks@Blizzard.com. Diablo III launched for PC and Mac last May and has sold over 12 million copies to date. The game will release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 3. Next-generation console versions are also in the works, according to Blizzard.