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Diablo 3 brings back game limits

To stamp out bots.

Diablo 3 players will soon be limited on how many games they can launch in short succession, Blizzard has announced.

This should prevent people from violating the terms of use by spamming bots. "We've further tuned and tested the conditions that trigger this limit to ensure, as much as possible, that it only affects those abusing the Diablo 3 game service in a way that violates the terms of use - for example, by using bots that create games in rapid succession," wrote Blizzard on its official battle.net forums.

Blizzard explained that bots can throw the player-driven economy out of whack, too. "While we regularly take action against accounts for the use of unauthorized third-party programs and bots, this additional measure will help us further preserve and protect the integrity of the game and economy in between ban waves."

If you receive an "Input limit reached" message and haven't been up to anything sinister, let Blizzard know and explain why you've been creating so many games. "This information will help us ensure the limit minimally impacts legitimate players while still protecting the game against bots."

"Our goal is to help ensure that Diablo 3 continues to be a fun gaming environment for all of our players, and we're looking forward to hearing your feedback on this change once it goes live."

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