Video Game Law Blog

December 23, 2005

We reported several months ago (see post ) about how Blizzard was scanning the hard drives of World of Warcraft players, trying to prevent hacking and cheating. Blizzard is obviously keeping on top of things, as it has announced that over the past three months is has permanently closed more than 18,000 WoW accounts for violating the Terms of Use.

Most of the closed accounts were using third-party programs to collect gold and items for sale in the real world.

Blizzard's report at

Coverage at