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    keep-calm-and-keep-botting-4Interesting read in a post on Reddit, allegedly from a guy who knows guys at Blizzard. It’s nothing revelatory, but in a way that makes it more believable since there aren’t any wild claims made. Obviously take it with grains of salt, but here you go, a fan’s account sharing What does Blizzard think of Botting in D3:

    I live in Irvine, CA. I don’t work for Blizzard. A friend of mine has a friend who works there, and we all hang out sometimes. This person doesn’t work on Diablo. Yeah, I know what that sounds like, and I have an uncle who works for Nintendo, right? I have no way of verifying any of this, and even if I could I wouldn’t because I’m not going to jeopardize anyone or anything. You’ll either believe me or you wont.

  • Blizzard is well aware of the botting problem
  • Blizzard isn’t doing nothing about it
  • The team that makes Warden are the ones working on it. Not the D3 devs, they don’t have the right skillset. They’re vocal about it though.
  • The Warden team (which has a different internal name that I forget, but they pretty much do all anti-cheating work) is understaffed and constantly busy. It’s apparently a small team with a lot of responsibility, and they’re heads down on Overwatch right now, so D3 isn’t getting much love.
  • It sounds like there’s a lot of internal politics around D3. It’s not the most loved game internally, especially by the higher ups (at Activision I assume). It sounds like a lot of things around D3 get shot down or pushed off indefinitely.
  • Adding more servers to address the lag isn’t happening. It sounds like that’s something they want to do really bad, but aren’t getting.
  • Nothing about an expansion, patch info, nothing like that.
  • They watch Twitch and have a strong partnership with them. They could get streams shut down if they want to.
  • They know all about Gabynator 🙂
  • Sure, any of us could have written this, and perhaps made it more believable by naming specific devs, etc. It’s all pretty much common sense reactions and fairly obvious comments about allocation of internal resources, when you get right down to it. But still… interesting.

    Thoughts?

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