Tuesday, July 3

Linux Users Banned from Diablo III Servers


Update: Official Blizzard Response

Blizzard has banned all Linux users who are playing Diablo III on Linux using Wine. A number of Linux users suddenly got a message from Blizzard that they can no longer use their account to play Diablo III any more.

Diablo III's cheat detection system is detecting Wine as a way to cheat. Blizzard is refusing to refund the money or unban the accounts which are banned.

Blizzard's reply to one of the complaints:

A third party program is any file or program that is used in addition to the game to gain an unfair advantage. These programs may increase movement speed or teleport heroes from one place to another beyond what is allowed by game design. It also includes any programs that obtain information from the game that is not normally available to the regular player or that transmit or modify any of the game files.

Another explaination:

Thank you for contacting us. An additional review of the action taken against the Diablo III account on not_really_real@emailaddress.com has been completed. We have confirmed our initial findings, and the account action will not be reversed or changed. 

Actions are based on the violation's severity and take previous violations into consideration. This action was taken in accordance with the Terms of Use (us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/legal/) and our Diablo III Policies (us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-policies), which all players acknowledge and agree to before logging into the game. 

We understand that these policies may seem harsh, but they are in place to ensure that every player is able to enjoy their time in Diablo III. Thank you for respecting our position.

There is a thread on this on Wine forums and Linux users are not really happy. Wine is clearly not responsible for this and it does not give any gaming advantages to users who are using Linux.

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