Blizzard has issued a statement concerning the recent controversy around its Diablo 3 security measures, which have apparently started banning those who played the game on various Linux operating systems by using the Wine program.
Diablo 3’s security has been a tricky topic for Blizzard ever since the game was released, as many players reported that their accounts were hacked and nefarious individuals made off with their gold and gear.
Blizzard has since tightened security measures by implementing restrictions on new players
and requiring added layers of authentication when using the Auction House, for example.
Yesterday, however, we learned that Blizzard’s security programs started banning those who played Diablo 3 on various Linux operating systems
by using the Wine program.
According to Blizzard, however, its systems don’t register false positives and have banned players for legitimate reasons, like tampering with the game’s client or using third-party applications.
"We've extensively tested for false positive situations, including replicating system setups for those who have posted claiming they were banned unfairly," the studio said.
"We've not found any situations that could produce a false positive, have found that the circumstances for which they were banned were clear and accurate, and we are extremely confident in our findings."
Blizzard also cleared things up regarding players who run the game on Linux, saying that, while it’s not officially supported, it won’t get their accounts banned.
"Playing the game on Linux, although not officially supported, will not get you banned - cheating will."
As you can see, Blizzard’s stance is clear, so it’s going to be interesting to see if more Linux players will claim that their accounts were banned even if they were innocent and weren’t running any cheats.
Have you encountered any issues while playing Diablo 3 on Linux or are you running it on supported operating systems like Windows or Mac?