‘World Of Warcraft’ Bans Cheaters Over PvP Bot Programs Like WoW Honorbuddy

'World Of Warcraft' Bans Cheaters Over PvP Bot Programs Like WoW Honorbuddy

As World Of Warcraft bans cheaters over PvP bots, the makers of Honorbuddy seem to be admitting defeat. After all, it is not good for business when your primary users are losing their WoW accounts.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, World Of Warcraft subscriptions have declined by almost nearly three million people, although Blizzard believes this is merely a lull between major expansion packs.

Blizzard explained on their forums why they were having World Of Warcraft ban cheaters for six months.

“We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as ‘bots’,” the company said in a post on their WoW forums. “We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”

In WoW, players use a bot to automate Battlegrounds in order to build up a currency called Honor, which is used for purchasing gear that lends particular advantages for PvP combat. Grinding your way manually can take forever when it comes to buying something very good, so WoW bots like Honorbuddy had become fairly popular.

To give you an idea, Reddit user Ardailic claims that the majority of players you see out on Battlegrounds are actually bots happily grinding away for their users.

“The vast majority of players in the battleground are not real people. The characters are being piloted by a bot program called Honorbuddy, which is basically designed to play your character in Battlegrounds for you. The reason why the bots are moving back and forth between two points is to dodge the AFK kick system that is in place to stop people from sitting AFK in Battle Grounds.”

Honorbuddy is not free, though. Despite having a real world cost, they have managed to land around 200,000 purchases according to their website. It’s possible that not all the World Of Warcraft cheaters were Honorbuddy users since Blizzard only banned around 100,000 accounts.

The PvP bot makers used to believe their bots were unbeatable, but now a staff member on the Honorbuddy forum is apologizing for all the lost accounts.

“It seems like Honorbuddy was detected. We are not sure, but looking at the ban threads, we think that its the most likely option at the moment…. We are sorry for all your lost WOW Accounts. Hopefully, you can use them again after the 6 months ban is lifted. I have read here in the forums a bit; a lot of the accounts where 10 years old. This is a pity. We always say, do not use your valuable accounts as the risk is always there.”

What do you think about World Of Warcraft banning cheaters for using bots in order to avoid grinding?

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