Botting is an entity that exists in many a video game, and the products of Blizzard are no exception to this rule. Diablo III is one culprit in particular, as we have reported several times over community outrage towards botting within the game before. Yet now, is it possible that the tables have finally turned on those effectively hacking the game to clamber their way up the leaderboards?
According to a recent post on the official Diablo forums on Battle.net, suggestions have surfaced that there may have been changes to the leaderboard stance. In a thread by skitzflik2 entitled “AND THE LEADERBOARDS ARE A CHANGING!”, with the opening comment ending in “Bye Bye Botters”, alluding to changes to the bots’ stranglehold on the current system.
There is some division among peers on the issue, with some users unable to differentiate between the old and current leaderboards. Whilst the thread creator states that the “Top 10 DH’s are gone”, and with a clan also being decimated, user MicroRNA points out:
“I compared the current in game to the weekend in game leaderboards. The leaderboards are largely identical.”
Other players are still reporting their experiences with botters as we speak, reaffirming its unwanted presence within the game.
As mentioned previously, this has been something we have been reporting on for quite some time with bots in Diablo III. The current issue was exacerbated back in February this year, when botters were claiming the top spots on the Diablo III leaderboard. Blizzard did respond by swinging the ban hammer on over 300 chinese players, leading to the discussion of whether or not permabans should be handed out to those who choose to hack the game.
Botting doesn’t only affect the leaderboard aspect of Diablo III. Issues with hacking took another twist back in March, when it came to light that certain players were using bots to collect bounty materials, effectively allowing players to avoid being banned for collecting all rewards.