WoW Top Rogue Got Banned for Sharing Account with Roommate
For Blizzard, players who violate the user agreement all must be dealt with seriously, even the player is the top player. It is reported that Reckful, the top rogue of World of Warcraft, got banned by Blizzard recently because he shared his account with roommate Sodah and they also broadcasted the behavior on twitch.
For that, Sodah expressed the strong dissatisfaction for him and Reckful to Blizzard on reddit:
Very confused that account sharing led to a permanent ban. Obviously I would never have done it if I knew that was what I was risking. I have insanely rare items, mounts, titles, and a huge amount of time invested in the game. In the past blizzard has never permanently banned for account sharing without warning. I feel completely wronged and betrayed by my favorite game developers of all time.
Also disgusting to see countless people interrupt botting, fly hacking, battleground botting right now as I type this who will probably never be banned like I was.
I was not boosting anyone’s rating. I was playing on my friend’s druid so I could play with my other friends without losing rating on my main character. Ask yourself if you have ever account shared before. Reckful did a poll on his stream where 84% of people said they account shared in the past. Do 84% of the playerbase deserve to be permanently banned? This isn’t fair.
But the critics said Reckful has only himself to blame. In recent years, Reckful often shared his accounts with other players. Also, he often logged in some visitors’ account during the broadcast. He hasn’t thought much of the action in the past. But now, he has paid heavily for it.
Blizzard said, they had previously warned Reckful many times, but Reckful turned a deaf ear to the warning. So, Blizzard banned his account. However, Reckful disagree with that.
Reckful and some of his fans felt very dissatisfied with the ban and tried to create public pressure to ask Blizzard to relieve the ban. But Blizzard didn’t respond to them and just shared a massage on the official twitter.
Be aware that malicious activity on an account does not simply include doing damage to that account but also sharing to gain an in-game advantage. The acct was warned for the same behavior previously. As such, the acct action will stay.
Many developers have used streamers to set an example for its terms of service. In this case, Blizzard is demonstrating that it doesn’t give streamers special treatment, and is very serious when it comes to account sharing. Here, I hope players can comply with Blizzard’s user agreement and the things like this won’t happen again.