Blizzard has banned thousands of Hearthstone accounts, which were associated with third party programs aka “bots.” The accounts will stay banned for a whole year and will unlock in 2015.
The announcement was made on Battlen.net, where developers wrote:
We’ve recently banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts that were associated with the use of third-party programs that automate gameplay, otherwise known as ‘bots’ or ‘botting. These accounts will be banned until 2015. As we’ve stated, fair play is at the core of the Hearthstone experience, and cheating and botting will not be tolerated.
Furthermore, Blizzard issued a warning that this one year ban is just a one time thing, anyone caught cheating from now on will be permanently banned. The developer also encourages other users to report cheaters to them at this e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearthstone is one of the most popular digital collectible card games out there, so players willing to cheat is understandable but one cannot let cheaters spoil the fun for the real gamers, right?
However, this ban will surely take care of most of the cheaters in the game, and the bots who aren’t banned yet will need to be careful from now on.
After making its mark on PC, Hearthstone will release on Android tablets by the end of the year, whereas smartphone version will release next year.