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Blizzard bans 350,000 Battle.net accounts ahead of Lich King launch


We are now less than 24 hours from the "official" launch of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (although at least a few 7-Eleven stores have already jumped the gun and sold some copies to folks). However it looks like Blizzard decided to do some house cleaning ahead of the launch of their fantasy MMO expansion.

Blizzard's Battle.net site reports that in an effort to reduce cheating on their online service, Blizzard has banned over 350,000 Battle.net accounts. These folks were banned for their actions in Starcraft and Diablo II. In addition the CD keys for Diablo II found to be used with the closed accounts won't work for 30 days. While technically this has nothing to do with World of Warcraft the timing could be to get people ready for plans to have players sign into one Battle.net account to play all of Blizzard's current and upcoming games, including Starcraft II and Diablo III.

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