Blizzard brass ban StarCraft II cheaters

Stability, safety, security are "top priority".

Blizzard has suspended or banned more StarCraft II players for cheating or using hack programs to play its game.

"We recently issued a new round of account suspensions and bans to StarCraft II players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using hack programs while playing," wrote Blizzard on the StarCraft II website.

"In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that's essential to play on Battle.net, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service."

"As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and secure online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed."

Blizzard has fiercely patrolled the competitive online StarCraft II community since launch, weeding out cheaters and hack users as well as the creators of the illegal programs themselves.

However, the game-maker clarified in October that it will take no action against people using the built-in codes to cheat while playing single-player.

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