Diablo 3 Linux Wine Users Beware – You Could be Banned?

Blizzard will be taking a tough stance on anyone trying to run bots etc but it looks like Warden could be getting heavy with people running the game on linux under Wine. The account that was banned was running PlayonLinux with Wine 1.5.5-DiabloIII_v3 (64bit), OS  Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

This is not the first time this has happened with linux, back in 2006 we reported that World of Warcraft accounts were being banned for running under Cedega and eventually Blizzard worked with Cedega to resolve the problem and accounts were unbanned.

If you are playing on Linux and are concerned it may be an idea to preempt any banning and contact Blizzard support and make sure they are alerted to the fact. If enough players using Wine do this, perhaps they can update their systems to avoid future bannings.

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    8 thoughts on “Diablo 3 Linux Wine Users Beware – You Could be Banned?

    1. ..or it’s just a banned cheater that’s speading misinformation to cause panic and blame Blizzard, which would be the natural reaction for scriptkiddies that get caught cheating. This isn’t newsworthy.

      • Actually it is because it has happened before. If it had not happened before then I would agree but it it’s worth alerting people to a potential issue.

        • My qualms are with this being posted as truth.

          “The account that was banned was running PlayonLinux with Wine 1.5.5-DiabloIII_v3 (64bit), OS  Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.”, says him, which for all we know could be a load of baloney, and you’re repeating it and stating that “This is not the first time this has happened” which implies that’s exactly what has happened in this case, and thus giving it credibility. It’s like the tool over at Forbes claiming that session ID hijacking was real. Helps no one.

    2. Since I’m the one that posted that to reddit, you’ll have to take my word (or not) for the fact that if I’m cheating, I’m doing a pretty crappy job of it (just finished Normal with a lvl 30ish barb) The only thing I can think of that would cause Blizzard to ban me is the fact that I’m running under Wine.

      Two other people on winehq posted that they got the same email last night, so my gut tells me that history is repeating itself (WoW vs Wine). If Blizzard is kind enough to reply to my ticket, perhaps we will discover that it’s something else entirely, and I will sincerely apologize for wasting your time.

      • I am also going to play on wine once I get a proper computer, so it would be really bad if my account was banned 🙁

    3. If the problem is the use of WINE and/or Play On Linux, then maybe it is high time for Blizzard to lend Linux support for their Pay to Play games.

      On the BNET forums, any request by fans to Blizzard for Linux support gets bogged down by the typical mudslinging between pro-Linux and Window users – mudslinging that keeps anybody from taking the problem seriously. When the mud dries, the biggest argument against Linux support for Blizzard’s games is that it would be ‘a risk’ Blizzard would not want to take.

      What people don’t realize is that Blizzard makes a profit off their GAMES and not the Operating System running it. Using D3 as an example, you must have a legitimately activated game key tied to your Battle Net account to play on the servers. Releasing a download that allows Linux based systems to run the software and communicate with the servers does nothing but bring Blizzard more profit by bringing in gamers who refuse to use Windows or Mac.

      Linux users would still have to pay for the game in order to use it, making them no different than Windows or Mac users who must do the same thing. D3 play on Linux has already been enabled for WINE. The cost for Blizzard to develop a Linux patch needs to be measured against the potential profit, of course, but I do not believe adapting the game for hardware running Linux would be that big a hurdle (I might be wrong, knowing little about software development).

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