Blizzard has announced on their official blog that they have pulled out the banhammer and tossed out Diablo III cheaters who use bots and hacks.
The blog announced, "Over the last year, we've issued frequent rounds of account bans for cheating in Diablo 3, and we've just issued another. While we may not mention each round of account bans when they occur, we have and will continue to monitor Diablo 3 for exploitative behavior and take action as needed in order to help preserve the integrity of the game."
Bannable offenses include:
* Obtain information about Diablo III that's not normally available to the player * Transmit or modify the Diablo III game files * Provide access to features or abilities beyond what is allowed by the game's design * Change how Diablo III interacts with Battle.net
* Transmit or modify the Diablo III game files
* Provide access to features or abilities beyond what is allowed by the game's design
* Change how Diablo III interacts with Battle.net
Blizzard said it does not permit the use of bots, hacks, or third-party software.
"As we’ve noted before, using this type of software not only undermines the spirit of the game, but can result in a permanent ban -- and no Nephalem wants to be remembered by their dishonorable deeds within Sanctuary," the blog stated, "Not only that, but third-party programs can cause nasty technical problems, game-related bugs, and stability and performance issues with Battle.net . . . all of which can greatly impact your gaming experience as well as the gaming experience of others. This is why it's important for us to make sure that players battle the forces of the Burning Hells on their merits, with an unaltered game client."
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Diablo III will be coming on 3rd September 2013.