Blizzard Bans More Than 1400 Overwatch Accounts in South Korea

Zac Cameron,

October 15, 2018 2:52 PM

Account sharing is pretty common in the region, and Blizzard looks to be cracking down hard.

With just a couple of weeks remaining in Season 12 of Overwatch, Blizzard have pushed out another ban wave in South Korea targeting account sharing in the region. This latest ban wave has hit 1,423 accounts, with the accounts listed on the forums just as they have been in the past.

In the announcement post on the Korean Overwatch Forums, the support agent reminded players that “Blizzard Entertainment is committed to creating a fair and positive game environment for our players,” and that players can report via the in-game tools or through email if they suspect any kind of account sharing is happening.

Blizzards End User License Agreement does clearly state that “you cannot share the Account or the Login Information with anyone,” and other support pages remind players that they are responsible for any and all activities that occur on their account, whether authorized or not by the owner of the account.

It’s unclear if these account suspensions are permanent, with Blizzard only specifying that they have been suspended. Right now, Blizzard doesn’t seem to have a standard punishment for each possible infraction, meaning that some of these accounts may be returning to the game in a matter of days, while others may never come back, depending on the severity of the punishment. Typically, Blizzard have issued bans proportional to the level of rule violations.

This is not the first time a large-scale ban wave has hit the South Korean server, with seasonal bane waves being a common occurrence. Likewise, this is not the biggest one we’ve seen either, compared to the 22-thousand player ban wave back in January.

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