World of Warcraft backpedals on recent banwave

    
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Sure, this is fine, why not.

Blizzard has announced that it’s rolling back its recent wave of suspensions for World of Warcraft accounts found to be operating third-party software “that undermines the security of the World of Warcraft client.” In the initial banwave, an unspecified number of WoW players’ accounts were suspended for 180 days for use of the software that takes advantage of an exploit that “allows for very malicious activities such as gameplay automation or rotation/interrupt botting.”

However, upon reviewing the matter — probably due in no small part to community outcry — the team “found that some suspended accounts appeared to be only using the detected exploit to do client-side character model alteration.” Although this is still technically a violation of the game’s Terms of Service, Community Manager Kaivax says that the moderation team “would prefer to respond [to such infractions] with a warning, rather than a suspension, this time,” and as such, the team has “reversed all of the suspensions issued in this action.” Unsurprisingly enough, the whole kerfuffle has been the subject of much meme-ing over on the World of Warcraft subreddit.

While those caught in the banwave are safe for now, Kaivax reminds players that the use of third-party software that modifies the game client is against the Terms of Service and warns that “Any future use of software that bypasses the security of the game client, regardless of intention or gameplay advantage, will be detected and sanctioned with increased penalties.”

Source: Official Forums. Thanks, Pepperzine!
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Robert Mann

Translation: “We were going to ban you all for this, but the big earners upstairs got upset that we might cost them a few grand out of their bonus, and told us that we had to backtrack. We wish we could actually be honest with you, instead we just want you to know that we have to still pretend to do our actual jobs, so please don’t do that anymore…”

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j ho

So a company decides to not suspend people whove done nothing wrong other than violate a pointless rule and you cry because you hate profit or what? Im confused. Lmfao.

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Robert Mann

Huh? No, I pointed out that likely the people making far more than they are worth as they drive yet another company into the ground likely made this choice, rather than the actual game team…

At the same time, if you think what happens with Act-Blizz on the profit end is fine, there’s a problem there too. One which is dangerously close to leading most of the ‘first world’ into civil war and revolt.

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Mark Werenczuk

ROFL. The game is so bad now and the subs are so low that they were told by the financial office to unban people.

I don’t think I’m ever going back to WoW.

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Carebear

Or maybe a scream heard in the office: “who banned the last 100 subscribers!!”

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DargorV .

People have been using modded character models since WotlK and Blizzard has always been very aware of the how. Maybe if they’d bother enhancing character creation to modern day standards there wouldn’t be a need for the likes of Arctium (which is being benched). People that were usnig modded models were already tagged months/years ago, yet actiblizz pulls this crap now out of the blue.

Just more reasons not to resub. Unmodded wow (graphically) isn’t worth playing.

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Zora

That’s what happens when you automate too much, probably a wee too many harmless “perps” caught in the sting and the sub base doesn’t numbers in the millions any longer.

Can’t repair the lost confidence but the damage to the bottom line is undone at least.

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zerohunt

Wish more tech companies learn this: automation with no supervision will fail.

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PlasmaJohn

Can’t repair the lost confidence but the damage to the bottom line is undone at least.

Unlikely. Certainly not completely. This was probably the push needed by many of those caught up in that the game is no longer worth their patronage at a time when they can ill afford to lose any more subscribers.

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ejester

translated : “20 years and we still have no idea wtf we doing…”

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Bruno Brito

Ion went back on something?!

H U M B L I N G

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Mark Werenczuk

That creepy clown is the worst thing that ever happened to WoW. Easily 100x worse than Ghost crawler.