A month or so after the initial release of Diablo III, you may remember me talking about players' running Diablo III under Linux/Wine getting banned. Maybe you read about it somewhere else (though it hasn't been in the media as much as it should be), or maybe this is the first time you've heard about it. You may even remember Blizzard having to deal with this same issue with World of Warcraft. It was around the time of thousands of accounts getting hacked, and the atmosphere regarding this issue was the same: Deny and put the blame on users while ignorant fanboys claim the issue is nothing more than user-error while Blizzard is at no fault. The fact is that Blizzard is straight up stealing from people. Of course, fanboys in the Battle.net forums are quick to defend Blizzard with absurd facts, e.g., "well, the game list no support for Linux." Still to this day people are paying $60 for this game, playing for a while, having money involved with their account, and losing it all to a baseless ban under Linux WITH NO REFUNDS WHAT SO EVER. If this happens to you and you post the issue on the forums, you will be met with post after post of flames up until the time your topic vanishes and you get a forum ban as well (in some cases). Blizzard doesn't want people talking about this. In fact, they have been straight up lying about it from day one. There were times they said that playing on Linux was thoroughly tested, and there were no issues or false positives. Therefore, you must be playing with third-party hacks, and the ban will not be annulled. (This is also what they said when it happened with WoW.) Many Blizzard reps, including Bashiok, claimed that extensive testing was done for instances of possible false positives, and "Playing the game under Linux, although not officially supported, will not get you banned -- cheating will." However, recently a ticket was filed for a Linux ban, and GM Zalmanarr had this to say:
We cannot tell you specifically what is causing you what to get banned. I can give you an idea of why it is banned based on an educated guess. Since you are playing the game on an unsupported Operating system, the way it is communicating to the servers is throwing out "cues" similar to that of a hack program.
If you bought another version of the game and played it on LINUX again, it would likely result in a ban again, since we do not test or support LINUX and would not be able to verify if you were using a bot or not.
I hope that answers your question, but that is really all the information I can give you.
Uh oh, looks like we have some collision of facts. This also isn't the first time someone said Linux was never tested. It *is* possible that Zalmanarr had his facts mixed up -- it happens. His good, educated guess makes a lot of sense, and it is what a lot of Linux users are assuming happened, but Blizzard will not acknowledge any possibility of "false positives" -- just like when this same incident occurred with WoW. It seems unlikely that Blizzard would scheme to take money from people and run citing system requirements, ToS, law, etc., but they have certainly done it in the past. Just look at what happened with region-locked accounts and misinformation they gave when pre-oders were taking place. Even more, look at what happened to Iranian players.
Blizzard's terms specifically cite Iran as a region that is not authorized to connect to Battle.net, but they still sold copies of WoW, SC2, and D3 to players all over Iran before restricting service to Battle.net to those same players at the end of August. Refund? Haha, no. Is your $60 copy of online-only now uselss? Haha, yeah, sucker.
We can't speak to reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens. What we do know is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. We've recently tightened up our procedures to ensure compliance with those laws, which means we must restrict access to our games by players in those nations.
The sad part is that the forums are so filled with fanboys that look at this as baseless hate towards Blizzard rather than fighting for consumer rights. Blizzard just hides behind their terms and license agreements and write up their own rules and laws without worry. Meanwhile they show how stronk they can be just by throwing around all that money they are scheming from people. They don't even have to worry about user security, security of the game's economics/environment, or good software security when they can just bully people causing those problems by using their terms and license agreements to run guys like this
through the mud. He is one of about a dozen just in the last few months. While I certainly don't agree with profiteering from exploiting some company's video game, I certainly don't agree in peddling fear and using gray areas of the law to get your way, or strong-arming regular people instead of working on fixing your issues like a good developer should.
let's discuss how shitty Blizzard is ITT
what a bunch of douchebags