•   Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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WoW: Account banned with 100 million gold - thanks to new Blizzard rule

What would you do if Blizzard gave your WoW account a permanent ban out of nowhere, citing a change in the user agreement that had not been communicated to the outside world? This is exactly the kind of case WoW player Ghormor is currently dealing with. He recently documented the case in a very extensive Reddit post. We have summarized the most important facts for you below.

  • Ghormor is the head of the "Azeroth Sales Community", which has been offering boost services on numerous WoW servers for gold for two years.
  • Recently, one of Ghormor's accounts was permanently banned, on which over 100 million gold of the "Azeroth Sales Community" was stored.
  • Already in the past, it happened more often that said account was reported because many players equate advertising spamming low-level characters with real-money sales. So far, the penalties have always been lifted after a ticket and a subsequent investigation.
  • However, in the current case, a Blizzard GM explained that they recently changed the user agreements: WoW accounts that are used solely for boost advertising in the trade chat are now banned. Since that's the case here, there's a permanent ban for the account.

The person concerned is now complaining about several points:

  • Blizzard is handing out a ban penalty in this case, referring to a change in the user agreement that was not made public in advance.
  • The new rule would not even apply to the affected account, since the account is also used for other things.
  • Other accounts, where the new rule could apply, were warned first instead of being banned immediately.
  • A second ticket requesting a re-investigation was reportedly rejected within 30 minutes - far too short a time, according to the player, to take a close look at the account's history.

In the comments section, however, there has been little criticism of Blizzard's approach so far. Instead, many players are pleased that there is a new measure against advertising spam for boosting services. What do you think?

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