World of Warcraft forbids mirroring tools, but multiboxing is still OK

    
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While multiboxing is technically still allowed in World of Warcraft, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to pull it off due to an expanded policy against using mirroring software.

Wowhead noted that Blizzard further expanded its prohibition against such software and hardware this week to head off mirroring that “disturbs the gameplay experience” for single-account users. It put out this warning so that those who are now in violation of the EULA will cease and desist before action is taken against their account.

“We will now additionally prohibit the use of all software and hardware mechanisms to mirror commands to multiple World of Warcraft accounts at the same time, or to automate or streamline multi-boxing in any way,” the studio posted. “Players found to be in violation of this policy are subject to account actions. These actions can include warnings, account suspensions and, if necessary, permanent closure of the player’s World of Warcraft account(s), as activities which effectively replicate automated gameplay are contrary to the terms and conditions of the Blizzard End-User License Agreement (EULA).”

As one player explained the nuance here: “If you want to have multiple instances of WoW open on different accounts, that has always been allowed provided you perform each action manually. Automated multiboxing is now truly dead and gone which means most will stop doing it.”

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Moc Ora

Me reporting multi-boxers in WoW.

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Turing fail

Bobby the Hutt gotta get its beak wet. Keep paying to multibox, but we’ll make it suck… like so many other aspects of our cash cow. Look for Activision-sanctioned mirroring DLC.

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Peregrine Falcon

Maybe Blizz just found out that China has a law against multiboxing?

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Utakata

…is this true? I wasn’t aware they where legislating against such activity of late.

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Lighthope

Someone must have done some napkin math and figured they were losing more people over multiboxing than there were multiboxer accounts.

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Greaterdivinity

Odd timing…maybe they think if the axe multiboxing a bit more aggressively they can dump their MAU numbers even more?

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Loopy

I wonder why Blizzard is taking such a lukewarm approach to multiboxing. They don’t explicitly forbid it, yet now after 15 years they’ve decided to start eliminating the mechanisms that enable it without outright saying “no more multiboxing”.

Either ban it completely or don’t. And if you’re doing this to get rid of bots, then call it out appropriately.

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Bruno Brito

I think they want to keep anything that allows their numbers to plummet. We don’t know how many characters banning multibox would inutilize, so, there’s that.

Might be desperation.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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nomadmorlock9

Isn’t this about 15 years too late? Lol.

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Utakata

The weird thing about this that Blizz is doing this when WoW is probably not the best of shape regarding player retention. Where I suspect that the reason why they had unfettered multiboxing for so long was that multiple paying accounts from single players was a boon to their bottom line. So they can less afford to lose those now…

…I’m saying this not because I agree with that multiboxing shenanigans over the years, where players gained extreme advantages in practicing this. I don’t. It’s just that it’s odd that Blizz is deciding to get all ethical about this now.