WoW Classic sees another 40,000 accounts banned for botting and RMT as cases surge

    
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I'm going to master letting this play instead of me.

The war against the hungry bot horde continues in WoW Classic. Shortly after Blizzard gave 74,000 accounts the boot, the devs have once again checked in with an update that saw an additional 40,000 accounts get banned for botting, hacking, and RMT dealing.

This new figure is part of a reported increase in botting activity since June according to the post, with actions taken against accounts surging to 2,000 to even 4,000 a day. Most of the accounts in question are based in the Americas, EU, Korea, and Taiwan. The post also credits player reports for helping the devs battle the growing encroachment of bot activity.

“We’re dedicated to driving the the exploiters away wherever we can, as we continue to make our response to this one of our highest priorities,” promises the post. “This is a long-term effort that becomes continuously more difficult, as exploits and those who use them are driven by real money profit motives.”

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xpsync

and people thought classic wasn’t popular, where do you think all the mmorpg players went?

I gave up trying to explain to people how popular and absurdly packed classic is… all the time.

Launch was whacked, and even with the tourists gone it’s still insanely packed… all the time.

Overall this bot chit was certainly not helping. It’s why we started playing less, seems this is helping but RDR2 is calling me, so atm, to me, there are no other games, my gawd RDR2 is so good!

Only game i can think of that’s ever made me think, all games can wait, even mmorpg’s – Yikes!! it’s that phenomenal on the PC.

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Robert Andle

Exactly. A year ago, so many people on here seemed to be predicting Classic would flop, no one would play it and a month after it launched all the servers would be empty. Yet it seems more successful than ever.

Funnily enough, it’s retail currently merging servers because no one’s playing on them.

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Adam Russell

Ok now you know how to ban, but thats only half of the solution. You need to figure out how to prevent them from rolling up another free account over and over again. Then you will have something.

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Dug From The Earth

Here is the thing that bothers me.

Companies like Blizzard specifically wait to ban accounts like this so that they can do it in one, big wave so they can announce “look at all the bad we are getting rid of!”

Its a PR stunt.

It hurts the game more than if they were to simply ban accounts as soon as they were verified to be bannable. Instead, many of these bots, hackers, cheaters, etc are left to continue to playing for weeks and sometimes months before the big ban wave hammer hits them all at once.

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Greaterdivinity

They also do it because trickling out bans a few at a time for botting etc. can warn the botting community about the efforts and cause them to alter behavior/figure out what’s being caught by Blizzard and address it. Doing it all at once like this lets them excise a whole bunch of botters at once without raising red flags.

Yeah, it’s got a PR angle to it, but it’s also a message to the community that serves as both a warning for potential botters and a note to those upset about botters that the company is doing something.

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jealouspirate

But it wasn’t in one big wave. The post by Blizzard specifically says they were banning 2-3 thousand accounts per day since June 17, totaling 40,000 accounts.

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Zora

The reason there’s constant surges is because the risk-VS-reward is nil with a monthly fee as the only price tag to discourage getting back on a new account, hack and bot your way to 60 in days and resume farming for months before you get caught in another wave of bans

Most of those who still enjoy classic (and are not bots, a minority I know) are sort of resigned, the week of “quietness” before the swarm surges back won’t even budge the economy inflation but hey… we’ll take it?

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Does not check email

Only 40k?

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

It’s really disheartening to see that the gaming industry has been unable to come up with preventative measures that limit this sort of thing. It must be so frustrating for the people that make these games.

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Dug From The Earth

As a software developer, and someone who has been in the tech industry (and gaming) since the 1980’s, one thing has always run true, and will continue to be true.

Software is designed by people.

Anti hacking/botting/cheating methods are just software… again, designed by people.

Bots, hacking tools, cheating tools, are also software, designed by people.

People will never be able to design something that people cant find another way around, eventually. Largely because of human error. Its more complex than that, but this is a quick summary as to why games will never be completely free of this sort of thing.

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Mr.McSleaz

“one thing has always run true, and will continue to be true.

Software is designed by people.”

Actually, A.I is being developed to write software, so it will not continue to be done by People for too much longer in the grand scheme of things.

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losludvig

at that point it’ll be AI vs AI, so the point still stands I think

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Sleepy

“AI nukes Beijing in apparent attempt to curb botting”

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Dug From The Earth

AI is writing software based on parameters set initially by people.

Thats where the vulnerabilities will be, even if a large part of the code is implemented by an AI.

Computers only do what people instruct them to do. And even when you give them the ability to learn, they are still pulling from a vast source of examples created by People.

AI created software, will at best, simply cause hackers and bot creators to have to change the way they think when they go about looking for the sensible ways of bypassing things based on human error. This is a good thing, because it will mean it will take noticeably longer for protections to be bypassed… but eventually, if the desire is there, they will be bypassed.

Also, what losludvig stated as a reply as well. AI will be used to hack AI code.

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jealouspirate

This is correct. Another thing Blizzard has pointed out is that there is a strong financial incentive for botters to persist, and they focus all of their attention on that one goal. Blizzard cannot afford to devote ALL their attention to banning bots – they also have to run every other aspect of their company.

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Dug From The Earth

While I missed where blizzard said they were banning groups at a time over a longer period of time (good job on them for that), the logic of “they cant focus so heavily on that else the rest of their business will fall apart” is so fundamentally flawed that im not even sure how to debate it without coming across as insulting. So I wont other than to say “Thats not how businesses work”.

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jealouspirate

It’s more a question of priorities and ROI than the business falling apart. But anyway, I suppose I will simply thank you for sparing me the apparently insulting experience of reading your insight.