The infamous Honorbuddy bot plaguing World of Warcraft appears to have been beaten.
Blizzard didn't name Honorbuddy specifically but said, in a post on the WOW forum (via Gamespot), "We've recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as 'bots'."
On the Honorbuddy forum, however, there's a post by staff member Bossland that reads like an admission of defeat.
Glider used to be the WOW bot du jour, until Blizzard took it to court - and won.
Honorbuddy is a program that offers automated control of your WOW character, allowing people to leave their computer while their character harvests resources or even fights in battles to earn - or farm - reputation. It's a paid-for tool that the Honorbuddy website says has 200,000 registered accounts.
This apparent Honorbuddy detection strikes yet another blow in recent months against outlawed activity in World of Warcraft. There was the WOW Token that introduced a legitimate way for players to buy gold, and there was the paid level-90 character boost to skip all that levelling.
It means Blizzard is attacking from both sides, by undermining black market alternatives while simultaneously policing the methods that sustain it.