Blizzard is tackling this old practice, but 20 years too late

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The years go by and Blizzard is gradually tarnishing its image. Between services at criticized prices, questionable positions and the lack of large innovative productions, the American studio is on a downward trend despite rising revenues. Nevertheless, Blizzard’s latest move was welcomed by the majority, but still criticized from the other side.

Multiboxing in the sights of Blizzard

MMORPG players have been confronted with it for years, multibox enthusiasts are legion. The principle is simple, it’s just playing multiple characters at the same time. Although multiboxing is full-bodied on paper, the use of different software and macros can make it easier to control all the characters you want at the same time. Another option, hard creations made from LEGO or via 3D printing, can be used to press certain keys regularly or individually. An old practice that is widespread by bots and has been disrupting the economy of MMORPGs for years. Blizzard has decided to end multiboxing for good and have majority support, although some are contesting the decision.

In a post published earlier this month, Blizzard explains further tightening restrictions on multiboxing. Previously recommended, this practice was finally approved under certain conditions. From now on, multiboxing is prohibited and exceptions are no longer permitted:

“On November 3, 2020, we released an update to our release release software policy and soon after we took action against accounts that use third-party software to automatically replay keystrokes for multiple gaming clients. We believe that like with full gaming, this is the case with automation, mirroring multiple accounts disrupts the gaming experience for the vast majority of players who only control one account at a time.

We will now prohibit the use of all software and hardware mechanisms to mirror commands to multiple World of Warcraft accounts at the same time, or to automate or optimize the mirroring in any way. Players who violate this policy must take action on their account. These actions may include warnings, account suspensions and, if applicable, the permanent closure of the player’s World of Warcraft account (s), as activities that effectively reproduce automated gaming violate the terms of the End User License Agreement (EULA) of repelled snowstorm.

We urge all players to immediately stop using all means by which the game is reproduced on multiple WoW accounts in order to ensure uninterrupted access to World of Warcraft. “

In summary: it is now forbidden to use help for multiboxing. Blizzard continues to allow multiboxing. However, you need to purchase one license per account. One internet user sums up the new restrictions simply: “If I put a laptop next to my desktop computer, connect to a priest, let him follow me anywhere, I can reach for him with one hand and touch the healing button for him when I go need him. ” It is allowed to set up special software or mechanical keyboards so that I can play 26 warriors at the same time who move in exactly the same way at the same time is not “.

a late decision

While the move has been greeted with open arms by many players, some remain skeptical. And for good reason, despite this announcement, bots continue to scour Azeroth in search of various resources or rare monsters. The delays between reports and bans would be too long for bots to continue to act with impunity. For nearly 20 years, Blizzard has turned a blind eye to multiboxing abusers. The latter pay for multiple World of Warcraft licenses per account. But while the players are leaving their games (minus 11 million players, spread across all productions in 3 years), the American studio is undoubtedly trying to seduce them again.

It remains to be seen whether this decision will have any real impact on the populations of the World of Warcraft servers. Especially since multiboxing is not strictly prohibited. The followers can always switch from one window to another or switch between multiple computers. However, the use of software or hardware for multiboxing is now prohibited. Do you think Blizzard made a good decision by restricting multiboxing even further? Don’t hesitate to reply to us using the poll and comments section below.