World of Warcraft’s pre-expansion patch has a rough start as Blizzard levies bans and grants past content to subbers


The rollout of yesterday’s pre-expansion patch for World of Warcraft could have gone smoother. Much, much smoother. During the day, many players were completely unable to log in, and the problem reportedly popped up on Overwatch’s servers as well. While progress seems to have been made toward fixing the issue, Blizzard did take its Communities feature offline to improve stability.

Of greater concern for certain players is the fact that Blizzard is lowering the boom against players using certain cloud gaming services. Multiple users have reported that suspensions and even bans have been levied for those who have used cloud services to stream the game and play it remotely.

“If you are still using cloud gaming services for WoW, I recommend stopping now until Blizzard stops being anti-consumer about it,” said one Reddit player. “This is a real blow for my gaming for a while, as I don’t have the cash to buy hardware to play anymore at the level I was on my cloud machine.”

Of course, if you’re planning on ignoring that advice, now is the time to sub, as Blizzard has also nuked the Battle Chest and retooled its subscription description to grant all past game content through the Legion expansion just for subscribing to the game.

“Get access to World of Warcraft® and every expansion through Legion™ with your subscription—no additional purchase required. Begin your journey today and play up to level 110 through six expansions of adventure!”

You’ll still need to buy Battle For Azeroth to play that now, of course.

Source: Blizzard, Reddit, #2. Thanks Skardon, Anon, and Cotic!
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