It looks like Blizzard decided to get tough on Hearthstone bots after all.

After a round of criticism following its temporary suspension of botting accounts last month, Blizzard toughened up and “permanently banned several thousand Hearthstone accounts found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, which is a violation of our Terms of Use.”

It’s not quite clear whether this action was in response to criticism of its earlier (in)actions or whether it’s simply a carrying out of a “well, we warned you and some of you are still doing it” policy, but it’s a welcome move. Granted, it’s one that the hardcore botters will probably find a way around eventually, but at least it’s nice to see Blizzard is serious about these penalties.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Lokui on November 19, 2014

    The fact that HAHAHA things is a developer for this game shows how much of a joke this game is. That thing should not be allowed to work on anything .

  2. Trok on November 14, 2014

    could you stop advertising this pathetic broken pay to win / rigged to win garbage game?

    • anon on November 15, 2014


      Sh*t troll. Try harder kid.

      • Bratwurst on November 15, 2014


      • Lokui on November 19, 2014

        Only troll I see here is you my son. Now troll off.

    • Bic Boi on November 19, 2014

      Gr8 b8 m8 I rel8, str8 apreci8 n r8 it 8/8

  3. Leon on November 14, 2014

    I dunno, Microsoft still own the crown on flipping things that apparently cannot be changed. Still, a job well done at Blizzard. Excellent work.

  4. fromhelll on November 13, 2014

    Haven’t seen this level of flip-flopping since the Mitt Romney presidential campaign .
    : )