Blizzard readying the banhammer

Blizzard has sent out word of caution to those playing its latest offering dishonestly; keep doing what you’re going and banned you shall be.

“If a StarCraft II player is found to be cheating or using hacks or modifications in any form, then as outlined in our end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game,” the studio warns in a message posted on the RTS’ official site. “This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to to play StarCraft II with his or her account.”

It’s further explained: “Playing StarCraft II legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future.”

The studio’s committed to keeping its games free of cheaters of any kind, the message also reads, “and that’s no different for StarCraft II.”