Yes, more Diablo III controversy, but this time it’s coming from the Linux crowd who are claiming that Blizzard has banned their accounts, blocking them from playing the game. The knee-jerk reaction on behalf of those who have been locked out of their games, points towards the fact that Linux users have to use WINE in order to get Windows-based software to run. WINE is an open-source application designed to emulate a Windows setup.
It turns out that Blizzard isn’t banning Linux users for running Diablo III through WINE; case-in-point, StarCraft II still runs fine on Linux through WINE. The thread over on the official Diablo III forums claims that Linux users are being banned “for using Linux”, citing an email sent by Blizzard which lists the banning offence as using “Unapproved Third Party Software”.
Blizzard, however, has taken the accusations rather seriously and have launched a proper investigation to see whether or not their anti-cheat systems are returning false-positives.
An official Blizzard statement on the matter reads:
“We’ve extensively tested for false positive situations, including replicating system setups for those who have posted claiming they were banned unfairly. We’ve not found any situations that could produce a false positive, have found that the circumstances for which they were banned were clear and accurate, and we are extremely confident in our findings.
Playing the game on Linux, although not officially supported, will not get you banned – cheating will.”
So there you have it: Linux users aren’t being banned for using Linux or WINE. They’re being banned because they’re cheating.