WoW Bans and Me

Selling my PurplesSo today I was reading this snippet on Blue’s News about a recent article that hit CNET on Blizzard banning players from World of Warcraft. The short story is that some players feel Blizzard has been overly aggressive in banning people while Blizz states that they’ve been banning the same amount of individuals as in the past.

This got me thinking to a few weeks back when my account was banned. Actually it was two weeks ago today when I received the following letter from Blizzard:

This is a notification regarding your World of Warcraft account. Access to this account has been permanently disabled for exploitation of the World of Warcraft economy or for being associated to accounts which have been closed for intended exploitation. While we try to be as lenient as possible in our assessments of the results of exploitation investigations, reoccurring trends in exploitative endeavors on your account have ultimately resulted in account closure.

After reading this, my first reaction was pretty much WTF??? My wife and I had been paying subscribers on and off for the past two years and to have a notice like this come out of the blue was fairly disturbing. After reading the way penalties are handed out (located here), it seemed as if many other steps should have been taken prior to getting banned. In my case however I simply received a form letter out of the blue stating I was done.

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Since the letter did not say how to dispute the ban, I had to hunt down a way to get in contact with Blizzard and correct the mistake. After plenty of emails back and forth, it seemed that someone had hacked into my account, sold all of my items, and transferred all of the gold to another account. This activity caused Blizzard to automatically cancel my account and remove my credit card information as it was suspicious activity. After completing the many steps to reactivate my account, including faxing them a copy of my driver’s license, my account was reenabled the next night and by Tuesday of the following week I had all of my items and gold back.

I’m still trying to figure out how my account was tampered with exactly. I even went so far as to create a partition and install a brand new copy of WoW on it to circumvent any keyloggers. I’m also being super anal about my password too. So take this as a word of advise: run virus scans and adware scans often, don’t download mods from sites you don’t really trust, and keep a secure password with upper and lower case letters and numbers. If you don’t, a gold farmer might just be in your account, selling your purples.

About the Author

Having over 25 years of gaming experience, Zach knows a thing or two when it comes to one of his favorite entertainment activities. Additionally, he has also written many articles previewing and reviewing titles which can be found in various places around the net, including VGBlogger.com.