Botting in Diablo 3 is a Major Issue, Fans Write an Open Letter to Blizzard
Diablo 3 is played by millions of fans each day and those who compete for their name on leaderboards or want to do well in Conquests spend a significant amount of time playing.
However, due to botting such players don’t have much to show for from their time spent playing the game. Greater Rift tiers require total dedication and grinding for Keystones, crafting materials, Infernal Machines, or Ancient Legendaries. And those who use bots skip the grinding part to get to hundreds of Greater Rift Keystones, Legendary crafting materials, or Infernal Machines each day.
The issue was raised by YouTuber and Twitch streamer MeatHead Mikhail and latter an open letter turned up signed by various fans who want to raise their voice and hope that Blizzard would listen.
Mikhail also posted a video last month explaining the issue in detail:
Blizzard has regulations to control bots but the main problem here lies in the time it takes to enforce it. Bots can keep up their activities for over a year before they are caught.
The letter reads:
Enforcing this agreement is your duty and yours alone. If you don’t, it will only go to show that you don’t care. It has been months since the last major action taken against botters and, consequently, Season 3 was dominated by them. Our friends lists contain more and more people who are online for more than 20 hours a day, despite them having to go to work or school.
at least let us report botters so that you may investigate their behavior. It has come to a point where it is quite obvious that certain high profile streamers are botting off-stream and some are even admitting so themselves in public chat rooms. These players are viewed as examples by the community, so what kind of message does that send? To us, it sends the message that not only is it apparently legal to bot, but that the game even requires it to be competitive. That is undoubtedly not how you want Diablo III to be seen, especially with how far we’ve come since the issues of the original release.
The letter purposes that since taking immediate action against bots is likely infeasible, it should be done two weeks before the end of each season. Preferability during the same time as the “Season Ending” announcement.
Blizzard is yet to reply or release a statement regarding this letter or the issue of botting.