Blizzard bans cheaters
Cheating in multiplayer online games has become rampant, but game developers are fighting back. Recently we've seen Counter-Strike ban cheaters from secure online servers for 24 hours, and now Blizzard is taking steps to punish abusers of Warcraft III. Wired reports:
Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment claimed the gamers were using a hack that enabled them to see into their opponents' territories, giving them a huge advantage in Internet combat. The company reacted by banning the cheaters from online tournament play for two weeks and resetting their accounts, wiping out win-loss records that can take months to assemble.
Some gamers are complaining that the ban is too lenient because it doesn't restrict access to casual multiplayer gaming on Battle.net, but it's a start. With the majority of gamers behind penalizing online cheaters, expect to see more companies joining the ban club in the future.