World of Warcraft multiboxing just got a whole lot harder thanks to Blizzard’s new policy

    
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World of Warcraft players who use multiple accounts simultaneously will find their favored gameplay much harder going forward, as last night Blizzard announced that “the use of input broadcasting software that mirrors keystrokes to multiple WoW game clients will soon be considered an actionable offense.” The studio explains that the decision is “in the best interests of the game and community” given the “increasingly negative impact to the game” posed by botting and automated gameplay.

Do note that you won’t be banned outright immediately for taking Arrrthas1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 out for a spin using your macroing software, but Blizzard recommends halting the play now to avoid marks on your account.

“We will soon begin issuing warnings to all players who are detected using input broadcasting software to mirror commands to multiple accounts at the same time (often used for multi-boxing). With these warnings, we intend to notify players that they should not use this software while playing World of Warcraft. Soon thereafter, the warnings will escalate to account actions, which can include suspension and, if necessary, permanent closure of the player’s World of Warcraft account(s). We strongly advise you to cease using this type of software immediately to maintain uninterrupted access to World of Warcraft.”

Reactions across the forums and Reddit are fairly mixed; a lot of people are exhausted over the disruption to the gathering economy from multibox farmers and RMT vendors and the like, while others are annoyed that they’d been peacefully leveling multibox recruit-a-friend characters for years and are suddenly just now having an avenue of gameplay shut off to them just before the launch of a new expansion. Either way, it sounds as if what’s being banned is the use of very specific software, so there will still be legal ways to manually multibox – and plenty of other games that still allow it.

If you’re pissed and want a Shadowlands refund (or 5) (or 10 for you really dedicated ‘boxers), you should probably apply for one sooner rather than later.

Source: Official site, Reddit. Thanks, Leiloni and Sander.
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elenie

A friend of mine used to multibox for fun and I found it fascinating. He had teams of DPS, tank and heals and was levelling through dungeons among other things, figuring out how to make different combinations of classes come together.
I realise there’s people abusing the system (I remember getting killed by a 5x shaman box in pvp once many expansions ago) but I am sad to see this kind of gameplay disappear as well.

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Bruno Brito

Isn’t multiboxing also done by macros? This seems like an decent enforcement of their “no third-party software” rule, but it feels like it falls short of solving the problem because they’re scared of losing the hundreds that multiboxers pay in subs.

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Box

You can’t do it through macros ingame as far as I know even with addons, it would probably still involve third party applications.

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Angel

I believe this is a reaction to two things, mutliboxers, would completely farm out zones (specifically Nazjatar with it being the only zone where a person could find Zin’anthid & Osmenite ore). A node despawns after 10 clicks, so a multiboxer would take his/her 10 accounts and hit the node thereby making it despawn.

There was also another problem, Hyperspawn farming which basically makes it very difficult for people questing to do anything in the area, since some one is constantly killing all the mobs.

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Furin

Only time I still bothered playing WoW retail was to box 5 characters through dungeons. I never use the auction house and don’t PVP. I also don’t really do gathering professions. This change means I’ll never buy another retail expansion, I hadn’t bought shadowlands yet so I’m safe there. The normal wow retail experience just isn’t appealing to me at all. I only really enjoyed boxing through dungeons.

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O RA

You really must enjoy never losing a loot roll.

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Neurotic

ROFLMAO

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Furin

You would think that, but in reality I just end up surrendering everything nice to my wife (she plays the 5th character in the group). I’m mostly there to see if I can overcome the challenges that come with the reduced mobility that comes with a couple of trailing idiots blindly copying my casts.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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traja

Better late than never. Multiboxing is one of those things that should have never been allowed in the first place. Of course it’s easier to say now in hindsight after seeing what it has turned into. Back when multiboxing in MMOs started it required expensive hardware solutions to do so it wasn’t popular enough to impact server economies.

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Ironwu

Kind of late in the game for this, but welcome anyway.

Since Blizzard now sells legitimate gold via Tokens, I would imagine that the RMT sellers have had to reduce their live staff and use multi-boxing in order to keep profits up. So this might pretty much finish them off in WoW.

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mike foster

MAYBE, but the vast majority of gold sold by third parties is from compromised accounts. Account sellers, however, might be in trouble.

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Jeremy Barnes

ffs, it took them long enough. At least it shows they’re still capable of making a good decision every now and then.

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angrakhan

The leveling alts argument kinda falls flat given how fast the 1-50 leveling curve is right now. I think I’ve seen exactly ONE player I’d say was legitimately playing the game multi-boxed (had 3 arcane mages grouped and synced). Every other time I’ve seen multiboxers is a group of moonkin druids with names like “Azerqf” and “Czhitg” in a guild of “Pzyytk” running around in circles clearly farming mobs purely for gold. Those are super annoying because of the way the game increases the mob spawn rate to compensate for areas being overfarmed because now it’s very difficult to get your quests done in that are because everything’s respawning every 2 seconds and it’s hard to not get overrun. I generally report the latter because they’re disrupting everyone who is actually trying to play the game.

I’m glad for this change.

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Loopy

I really dislike multiboxing as a practice, because i felt it on my skin too many times. There is almost no chance to counter it in PVP, and it trivializes content in PVE. While i don’t consider it “hacking” per se, i also don’t like the fact that Blizzard never opposed this practice up until now. So i’m glad to hear that they’re taking steps towards removing this “functionality”.

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Bruno Brito

There is counterplay, and it’s not exactly “hard” but it’s annoying, it forces you to play the game unoptimaly because someone swiped 5 times to get their TrainShaman1/2/3/4/5 to nuke you from the face of the Gulch.