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Blizzard Banning SC2 Single-Player Cheaters Too?

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Cheating offline could lead to to an unfair advantage online so neither will be tolerated.

So you're partial to cheating just a smidge when playing StarCraft II in single player. You don't cheat during multiplayer games, that's just bad form, but you sometimes indulge in a little unlimited minerals while playing offline. Well, perhaps you should think again, as Blizzard may be banning those who are cheating in singleplayer too.

Last week Blizzard swung its almighty banhammer, permanently banishing 5,000 cheaters from Battle.net. However, it seems the publisher is also banning cheaters who have never played online. Kotaku reports that gamer gm0ney claims his StarCraft II account has been suspended for using "unauthorized cheat programs."

Gm0ney apparently used a trainer developed by CheatHappens.com. Blizzard's defense is that single player games "only appear to be you and a computer" and that a player's achievements and gamer score actually carries weight and prestige in their online play. Though gm0ney says he's never played online before, there's no way of knowing for sure that he never will, which is probably why his account was suspended. Still, it's food for thought, especially when Blizzard has been criticized for making Battle.net such a necessary part of StarCraft II. It's also important to note that you're allowed to use the built-in cheat codes that come with StarCraft II. It seems that Blizzard just has a problem with third-party programs.

Read more here.

[Update] Blizzard contacted us this morning with a statement regarding the banning of users for using third-party cheats. This is what Blizzard's Bob Colayco had to say on the matter:

Blizzard Entertainment is not banning StarCraft II players just for using single-player cheats. There's been some confusion in the last couple of days about the suspensions and bans meted out to players caught cheating in StarCraft II. It's important to point out first, that many of the 3rd-party hacks and cheats developed for StarCraft II contain both single- and multiplayer functionality. In order to protect the integrity of multiplayer competition, we are actively detecting cheat programs used in multiplayer modes whether there are human opponents or not.
 
That said, players who opt to use any type of 3rd party hacks do so at their own risk -- there are already built-in cheat codes for StarCraft II single-player that can be used safely. Blizzard Entertainment has always taken cheating seriously and will continue to aggressively crackdown on players who cheat in our games.


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    kevinqx , October 13, 2010 5:38 AM
    Blizzard isn't banning players who are just cheating in single player, they are banning people who use trainers to modify the game client. Blizzard allows you to use official cheat codes that, when activated, disable achievements. The trainers which modify the game client do not disable achievements. I may not care about achievements, you may not care about achievements, but there are probably some people out there who do care about how many achievements they have compared to everyone else. It's part of the game experience that Blizzard is offering, and they are trying to protect its integrity.

    In any event, modifying the game client is against the EULA you agree to you play the game for the first time. it should also be pointed out that these bans are not permanent bans, but 14-day bans.
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    eklipz330 , October 13, 2010 5:18 AM
    front page news soon to be

    Blizzard banning SC2 Players for having too much fun: "SC2 is Serious Business"
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    simple_inhibition , October 13, 2010 5:20 AM
    Just wait for blizzard to start banning SC2 players for being korean... 0.o
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  • 28 Hide
    eklipz330 , October 13, 2010 5:18 AM
    front page news soon to be

    Blizzard banning SC2 Players for having too much fun: "SC2 is Serious Business"
  • 22 Hide
    simple_inhibition , October 13, 2010 5:20 AM
    Just wait for blizzard to start banning SC2 players for being korean... 0.o
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    kevinqx , October 13, 2010 5:38 AM
    Blizzard isn't banning players who are just cheating in single player, they are banning people who use trainers to modify the game client. Blizzard allows you to use official cheat codes that, when activated, disable achievements. The trainers which modify the game client do not disable achievements. I may not care about achievements, you may not care about achievements, but there are probably some people out there who do care about how many achievements they have compared to everyone else. It's part of the game experience that Blizzard is offering, and they are trying to protect its integrity.

    In any event, modifying the game client is against the EULA you agree to you play the game for the first time. it should also be pointed out that these bans are not permanent bans, but 14-day bans.
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    adamboy64 , October 13, 2010 5:42 AM
    It seems kinda sad they're doing this. When I've played the life out of an RTS, I throw on cheats and things to squeeze out that last bit of playability.
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    the_krasno , October 13, 2010 5:43 AM
    So THAT is why I pirated SC2...
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    ronch79 , October 13, 2010 6:29 AM
    I think it's high time players boycott Blizzard for being too arrogant.
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    subgum , October 13, 2010 6:57 AM
    Meh, I still love SC2 and will continue to play and be happy. :) 
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    ivanlucrazy , October 13, 2010 7:44 AM
    Wow it seems people really don't know how to read. You can use the normal cheat codes, aka Coinage in AoE, but you can't use trainers. Frankly they have every right to ban people who use trainers, especially if it's meant to preserve the achievements. Maybe you don't care about achievements, but there are people who do. In fact it is Blizzards job to make sure it is all accurate on that front.

    kind of the point of any stats in any game that records them and shares them with others... What's the fun in knowing that half of the stats or achievements you see on a player can be fake or achieved by cheating?

    Props to Blizzard.
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    Vladislaus , October 13, 2010 8:00 AM
    psiboyBanning single player cheat codes etc! WTF! Combine this with having to relearn how to play World of Warcraft every 6 months with re-speccing and tree changes and skill changes and all I have to say is "Bring on Guild Wars2" Bli$$hard is starting to Blo$hard.... hehe Seriously the 1990's game Master of Orion 2 had a built in cheat recognition and you didn't get your name on the charts.. one line of code you lazy sh*ts at Bli$$hard!

    They're not banning cheat codes, people can use the official cheat codes built in the game. Of course the official cheat codes disable the achievements for that game there on, so to enable achievements again we need to load a sage game prior to enabling cheats. If he was using a trainer and not the official cheat codes it's because he was after an achievement so he got what he deserved.
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    sliem , October 13, 2010 8:14 AM
    Maybe instead of banning, they should reset their achievements.
    They could also have an option to disable their achievements voluntarily.
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