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The World of Warcraft Community Site (thanks Scott) describes the actions taken by Blizzard against World of Wacraft cheaters in the month of November, when they busted out the banning stick and whacked some 105,000 accounts and removed more than 12 million gold pieces from the economy that were the product of cheating and gold farming:

In our continued efforts to combat cheating in World of Warcraft, more than 105,000 accounts were closed and over 12 million gold was removed from the game economies in Europe, Korea, and the US in the month of November. The closed accounts were associated with activities that violate World of Warcraft's Terms of Use, such as using third-party programs that allow cheating, and farming gold and items. These types of activities can severely impact the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

We will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating. Please note that selling World of Warcraft content, such as gold, items, and characters, can result in a permanent ban of the involved accounts from World of Warcraft.

Many account closures come as the direct result of tips reported to our GMs in game or emailed to our Hacks Team by legitimate World of Warcraft players. If you suspect that a World of Warcraft player is using an illegal third-party program to farm gold or items, or is otherwise violating our Terms of Use, please report the suspected infraction via one of the means listed above. All reports will be investigated, and those that prove false will not result in corrective action.

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41. Re: Fact of life, get over it Dec 23, 2006, 02:22 mOOzilla
 
I hack my tax returns big deal, nothing to see here, so do millions of people around the world too so Im not alone in the cheating department Game, real life, its all good

 
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40. Re: Fact of life, get over it Dec 22, 2006, 23:51 MikLoyD
 
wow = ghey

 
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39. Re: Fact of life, get over it Dec 22, 2006, 21:08 Fechter
 
"Same in real life, jealous somebody has more money than you?"

Yeah, except the fact that the game isn't real life is the whole point. I work in that real life so that I can afford to pay a subscription fee expecting to compete on an equal playing field as possible with other players inside the game. It's supposed to be a closed system, it's enjoyable because one is able to prove their skill in dealing with the system their given. If you're doing better than me, it should be because you are better at the game, not because you used "hax" or brought in gold from some outside source. I expect Blizzard to ensure all players operate inside the specified parameters of the game world. If they fail to ensure that, it becomes a battle between hacks and whoever has the most money in real life, which is simply not a competition I'm interested in paying to be a part of. I imagine this is the case with most subscribers, hence the banning.
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38. Masa Dec 22, 2006, 18:43 Zephalephelah
 
Masa...

STFU.
You're a waste of human skin.

 
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37. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 18:21 Awesome Spume
 
That's pretty impressive (if true) that they got "da ballz" to ban more people than most other MMOs have subscribers

And that sums up the thread right there.

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36. Normal Thread to Shitsville in 30 Posts Dec 22, 2006, 17:41 Paranoid Jack
 
Is this yet another example of the average Joe's Holiday depression? Or another ride on The BiPolar Express?

As far as WoW goes... I respect the way they are running their servers but I ended my subscription because of the addiction factor. I doubt I will buy the expansion or ever go back to WoW for that reason alone.

And that is why I slowly turn myself off/away from all other good MMOGs. I just don't want to feel like a crack whore.


 
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35. Re: Company earnings ? Dec 22, 2006, 17:36 Bhruic
 
Not exactly a 'Christmas present' issue since all of the bans were from November. Not sure why they decided to release a press release about it over 3 weeks later.

 
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34. Re: Company earnings ? Dec 22, 2006, 17:26 Hump
 

105,000 x monthly subscription fee's lost.

Thats alot of money to just "throw away".

Im glad I dont invest in this company.

I don't play WoW but if I did I would look at it that the company is willing to forgo a huge amount of income to keep the gameplay honest and fun. Whether your pro or con on this action you gotta respect that.

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33. No subject Dec 22, 2006, 17:18 Masa
 
What's that zeph, shitzilla? The lovely acquiescence of my putting your asses onto a punkbuster list? Ooh, beautiful. Now go get yourselves all grown up.

 
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32. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 17:05 mOOzilla
 
Nothing is more funnier than a yo mamma's a whore joke on a forum.

*turns on the Laugh Now sign*

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31. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 17:04 Zephalephelah
 
Omg, I missed the South Park WoW Episode. OMG!!! I'm such a loser for missing the South Park WoW Episode. OMG!!! WTF!!!

You're a fucking idiot.
You're lucky you weren't just a piece of dried cum on your whore mother's bedspread.

 
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30. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 17:03 mOOzilla
 
Hissy Fit? I dont play them because I go outside perhaps?

Impressive.

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29. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 17:01 Masa
 
Grow up perhaps?

Feel free. Just not used to seeing someone throw that much a hissy fit about being banned in an MMO before.

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28. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 16:58 mOOzilla
 
Tee hee he said Asshat. Lets all look and point at him. Grow up perhaps?

 
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27. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 16:58 CJ_Parker
 
That's pretty impressive (if true) that they got "da ballz" to ban more people than most other MMOs have subscribers LOL .

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26. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 16:57 Masa
 
But as seeing as you didn't you made yourself look like an asshat.

Zeph and Moozilla look like asshats anyhow.

 
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25. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 16:51 Matt
 
After thought I don't know why they ban people for using Power Leveling services. I can fix my own car or I can pay an auto mechanic to do a faster and better job.

 
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24. Fact of life, get over it Dec 22, 2006, 16:50 mOOzilla
 
This is a fact of gaming, get over it and just beat them.

If you are always dying, run faster.

If you have not enough assets, go steal them or beg for them.

Its all part of the game IMHO. You are just jealous because they are succeeding better than you perhaps.


Same in real life, jealous somebody has more money than you? Go get some more money then, plenty of places to get it, stock market, work, create something of value etc.

Get over it and stop crying "cheat cheat" when you are the one that are holding yourself back


He has more than me, thats not fair, im going to tell on you - Spams GM with messags crying.


I dont sink my time nor money into these games anymore because 1) its just a waste of real life time and money and 2) cry babies like all of you crying "cheat".

GET A LIFE AND MOVE ON! If you already have a life, try getting a Second Life then

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23. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2006, 16:36 The Half Elf
 
And Zeph if you saw the South Park WoW Episode you would understand the refrence he made. But as seeing as you didn't you made yourself look like an asshat.

 
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22. BAN CHEATERS/AHCKERS Dec 22, 2006, 16:15 Wildone
 
end of story. Better for everyone. good riddance3

 
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