Blizzard Gets Sued, Bans Players
Blizzard have set about banning accounts for cheating in Diablo III. The newly banned players were using bot tools and other hacks to gain an unfair advantage in the game. Oh and Blizzard were also sued over other, separate security concerns!
Ok let's deal with the banned players first. Some users were employing hacking programs in order to attack monsters outside their AI trigger range, as well as 'undermine the spirit of fair play'. Blizzard bans them, warns against third party app use, everyone's happy.
Except Blizzard, because in entirely separate news, security concerns involving the authenticator requirements Blizzard impose have come back to bite them. The crux of the issue is that Blizzard sells 'authenticators' which keep you information on Battle.net safe. The cost and need of this is not disclosed upfront, constituting 'deception' according to those suing Blizzard.
“Blizzard requires all of its customers to establish accounts with its online gaming service, Battle.net. But it fails to disclose to consumers, prior to purchase, that they’ll need additional products called authenticators to keep information stored in these accounts safe. Even though the company frequently receives complaints about accounts being hacked, it simply tells the customer to attach an authenticator to their account. Blizzard doesn’t inform people about this requirement when they purchase the game, and that amounts to a deceptive trade practice.”
The fact that giving more of your hard earned money to Blizzard is required in order to keep your account safe is one thing, but to do this when hacking in Blizzard games is only increasing is another. On the other hand, they banned some cheaters. Blizzard are like marmite aren't they? One day they're Jesus Christ rescuing kittens, the next their charging you far too much for mediocre games and punching you in the kidneys.