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WoW: Broadcasting input software ban - The first multi-boxers are banned

Update from November 21, 2020:
On Reddit, numerous players recently reported that Blizzard Entertainment's developers have now started banning the multi-boxer community. Those report on relevant multi-boxer discord channel about the recently arrived ban wave.

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Update November 7, 2020:
As recently made public on Reddit, Blizzard Entertainment began sending out the first warnings to multiboxers who were driving multiple WoW clients using "input broadcasting software." With the software solution used with it, the inputs are mirrored to several WoW clients, which makes the well-known multiboxing possible in the first place.

The multiboxer community of the ISBoxer software has already contacted the WoW developers to clarify this change. From the community's point of view, it is therefore currently uncertain whether the software as such will be banned or not.


"All we know is that they are banning "input broadcasting". We need clarity from Blizzard on whether this regulation [note: the software] will simply ban ISBoxer. EVE Online went the same route quite a few years ago and didn't ban ISBoxer."


If the software is still allowed, they could work on another software solution to still allow multiboxing. The community is still trying to find out whether a hardware solution would be feasible. This would involve using a KVM switch to mirror a mouse and keyboard to up to four computers, thus bypassing the software-side implementation.

At the end of the day, it depends on how Blizzard's internal system is able to recognize and reject input broadcasting. In any case, we'll keep you posted as soon as there's news here.

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Original post on November 4, 2020
:Multiboxers are as much a part of WoW as Stormwind and Orgrimmar. Whether in Battle for Azeroth or in WoW Classic - everywhere you look you see the small groups of mostly the same classes roaming the lands picking herbs or raiding and knocking down players of the other faction. In order to coordinate multiple chars so well, many multiboxers use special software that transmits their keystrokes to multiple clients. This way all characters do exactly the same thing. This kind of software has now been banned by Blizzard. Those who use such programs risk being punished for it.

In another post, however, Blizzard has now clarified once again that the actual multiboxing remains allowed. Every player is still free to have multiple WoW accounts and use them simultaneously. Only the automated programs are forbidden.


Blizzard
Multiboxing, or playing multiple World of Warcraft
(buy now 14,99 € ) accounts at once, is not a violation of our Terms of Use. Please note, however, that use of input broadcasting software may result in account penalties.

For more information on our stance about input broadcasting software, see our official news post.


In a way, this is Blizzard's announcement that in the future they will keep a sharp eye on where the input that the WoW client processes comes from. In the first place, they are probably not so much concerned with the multiboxers, who have a considerable influence on the economy in the game due to the way they play. Cheat and bot programs also use the technique of feeding the client with keyboard commands that do not come from a manually operated keyboard. When detecting cheats and bots, the developers no longer need to distinguish whether someone is really cheating or just using a program for multiboxing - both will be punished.

Most players, on the other hand, will be happy that multiboxing, even if it is still allowed, will be less common in the future. After all, controlling multiple characters "by hand" is probably more complicated than using a program.

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