Well, at least some good has come from Blizzard’s new anti-bot stance in Hearthstone.

Last week, we questioned whether a temporary ban was a severe enough punishment for players found to be botting in Hearthstone. Maybe, maybe not, but it was apparently enough for at least one bot service to call it quits.

As reported by Eurogamer, one popular botting tool, Hearthcrawler, has shut its doors, making its program no longer available and leaving just a brief, teary-eyed statement on its website:

“Dear Community,

“This is our last official announcement. The recent ban wave in Hearthstone hit a lot of users. After discussing this with Blizzard, it’s clear we have to take off our services/products now. Please note that we’re not going to be commenting further on this.

“Thank you all for being part of our community. We are very sad about this but you also know botting is against the rules and we all knew that the day when our products doesn’t work anymore would come. With tears in our eyes we have to say bye.

“In love, the whole team of Crawlerbots.”

It always makes me so sad when poor, hard-working cheaters are punished. Oh, the injustice of it all!

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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. Bic Boi on November 5, 2014

    Aaaaand there goes half the game’s population. Ooooh snap!

  2. Jitk on November 4, 2014

    So now everything is ok? They get to keep all they got from boting and are “baned” only for three moths but i should be ok about it because one of the bots providers is aparently closed?
    They did a permanent ban for some win trading that no one cares about .
    this whole game is a rigged joke. the card draw is rigged, who goes first is rigged, what classes you face is rigged. it is a pay to win rigged no skill garbage

  3. Dilan on November 3, 2014

    Hearthstone is such a boring game, I can see why people would rather bot all day long in it rather than actually play the game like they’re supposed to.

  4. scnoobi on November 3, 2014

    botting is not cheating…. it is automation.

    • svnhddbst on November 3, 2014

      no, it’s cheating since the rules explicitly say “no botting”. trying to say no it isn’t is either a lie, or you botted and don’t want to feel bad about it.

    • dkuang on November 3, 2014

      Yes, you being retarded isn’t being stupid either. Riiiight!

  5. Shokuryu on November 3, 2014

    That last statement, lol.

    I’m whole-heartedly am against cheating in multiplayer games and all, but I hope no one salty enough reads that last statement and goes on a rampage.

    It was a little funny to me, but I hope this doesn’t make the comment section get all buzzed up.