Blizzard Takes Cheating in StarCraft II 'Very Seriously'

StarCraft II

Here's a startling piece of advice: If you're a StarCraft II player, don't cheat. Bet you never saw that coming.

Blizzard's not taking chances. The company sent out a 'friendly reminder' this morning advising those of us in the press to spread the word that anyone caught cheating or, you know, modifying the StarCraft II game client will be permanently banned from logging into Battle.net, Blizzard's catchall player aggregation service.

Either someone forgot to send the following note out when the game launched a few weeks ago, or some players have been very naughty.

Blizzard Entertainment has always taken cheating in any form in Blizzard games very seriously, and that's no different for StarCraft II. If a StarCraft II player is found to be cheating or using hacks or modifications in any form, then as outlined in our end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game. This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to Battle.net to play StarCraft II with his or her account.

Playing StarCraft II legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for Battle.net , and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future.

And this is why I tend not to play games competitively. With all the maphacks and bots and ridiculous interface overlays, you can't trust anybody these days.

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