No Cheating in Hearthstone! Blizzard Bans Thousands of Players

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Hearthstone Blizzard is no stranger to dropping the hammer on players found cheating in their games. Whether you're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2 or Diablo 3 -- cheat and you will be banned. Blizzard has now taken its big banhammer to Hearthstone, and has already banned thousands of cheaters for “botting”. What is botting, you ask? Well, apparently some players have been using third-party programs to automate gameplay and let bots do their fighting for them. Unsurprisingly, all accounts caught using the program have been banned... until 2015. “We’ve recently banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts that were associated with the use of third-party programs that automate gameplay, otherwise known as ‘bots’ or ‘botting’,” Blizzard in a post on the Hearthstone blog. “These accounts will be banned until 2015. As we’ve stated, fair play is at the core of the Hearthstone experience, and cheating and botting will not be tolerated. We’re committed to creating a fun and rewarding environment for our players, and we will continue to closely monitor activities within Hearthstone and take appropriate action against cheating in any form, as outlined in our Terms of Use. From this point on, accounts found to be cheating will be permanently closed without warning.” RELATED STORY: You Can Now Undelete World of Warcraft Characters Those thousands of bans are merely a warning, hence why they are only temporary. However, Blizzard plans to permanently ban all Hearthstone players that dare use bots in the future. Why would anyone use bots to level up anyways? Doesn't that take all the fun out of Hearthstone? Are you one of those bot users? Inquiring minds want to know... In the meantime, Blizzard encourages anyone that suspects they are playing against bots to report them so that they can be “dealt” with accordingly. Assuming you're not one, do you know any Hearthstone cheaters?

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