Yesterday, a post appeared on the World of Warcraft forums from community manager Ornyx. The post detailed the fact that Blizzard was very aware of the issues with win-trading in their MMORPG, and that they were taking action on the accounts involved.
For those who might not know, win-trading in World of Warcraft is a violation of the terms of service in which players purposefully throw matches in order to increase one team’s ratings and sell these wins for real-world money. The post on the forums informs players that a large number of accounts, “primarily used by seller agencies” had received permanent closure. That would be a great thing if not for the fact that some not-so-guilty or entirely innocent players had been caught in the crossfire.
The World of Warcraft forum post tells us that many players were coming to Blizzard complaining of wrongful termination. According to Ornyx, “an immediate re-investigation of all accounts” was then performed and it was found that there were, indeed, accounts with either less serious offenses or no offenses at all that had been permanently banned.
Those that were not involved in selling agencies but still purposefully participated in win-trading received a suspension, the duration of which has already ended. Those that were entirely innocent had their accounts reinstated and were gifted an additional 30 days of gameplay for the subscription-based MMO.
This was an excellent step for Blizzard in the war against cheaters, and it seems a majority of the community agrees if the comments on the forum post are any indication. However, one commenter in particular has a bit of a concern. The post shows images of Horde-side RBGs that are mostly dead. The poster, Vows, says that “everyone is scared” to participate in regular RBGs.
What do you think? Will you be participating in RBGs or are you scared to have your account wrongfully banned? Do you think that Blizzard is serving out the right amount of punishment for the crimes? And what about those that were wrongfully banned? Should they receive more than free game time? Let us know!