Blizzard has commented on the multitude of reports of Diablo 3 account hacks that have been popping up, hoping to stem the tide of bad press that has been gathering pace since the launch of the game. First it was the always on DRM, then it was the server outages and maintenance preventing single player gamers from being able to play and now it’s account hacks.
“We’d like to take a moment to address the recent reports that suggested that Battle.net and Diablo 3 may have been compromised,” Blizzard said in a statement.
“Historically, the release of a new game – such as a World of Warcraft expansion – will result in an increase in reports of individual account compromises, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing now with Diablo 3.”
That almost seems as if its denying there are any real issues? This isn’t people leaving passwords lying around, it seems to be nefarious individuals from overseas spoofing session ids to login without username or password, thereby giving full account access to someone that isn’t the owner.
“We know how frustrating it can be to become the victim of account theft, and as always, we’re dedicated to doing everything we can to help our players keep their Battle.net accounts safe – and we appreciate everyone who’s doing their part to help protect their accounts as well.”
It then went on to recommend the account authenticators. The app is free, but the hardware version is £10. Ontop of the £35 or so you’ve spent on Diablo III.
While the game itself is turning out to be a great experience, people are really disliking this new direction of forced gameplay that Blizzard is going. Its reputation as a stalwart publisher may be damaged for good.