59,000 WOW accounts banned

Swept away by a, er, oh, um, hrm, I dunno, whirlwind?

Ever forgiving Blizzard popped up earlier this week to absently mention that it's banned 59,000 World of Warcraft accounts during June.

Not content with that, it's stripped over 22 million gold from the total economy across all realms relating to the banned accounts.

"While we regret having to take such extreme action," Blizzard said regretfully, "these accounts were participating in activities that directly violated World of Warcraft's Terms of Use, including the use of third-party programs to farm gold and items."

"Such behavior not only negatively impacts the economy of a realm, it diminishes the achievements of those who play legitimately," it added.

Blizzard routinely bans huge numbers of accounts for cheating, but with millions of paying customers worldwide it isn't exactly sending them under.

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