Bot Mafias Have Wreaked Havoc in World of Warcraft Classic

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BOTS ARE TERRORIZING World of Warcraft Classic servers, stealing precious resources, monopolizing rare monsters, and inflating the
virtual economy with truckloads of illicitly earned gold. Today, WoW
Classic developer Blizzard Entertainment announced it has suspended or
closed over 74,000 WoW Classic accounts over the last month, many of
which were automating gameplay with bots.To get more news about Buy WoW Items Cheap, you can visit lootwowgold news official website.

For months, clusters of bot-driven accounts have trawled around high-level
zones, attacking monsters with uncanny precision before rotating toward
their next target in robotic 90-degree angles. These in-game characters
are operated by scripts, programmed to optimally kill monsters and
obtain rare, valuable items that drop from them. Lately, they’ve been
targeting the sought-after Black Lotus, a necessary item for some
competitive, high-level play.

World of Warcraft Classic is a punishing game by design, a harkening-back to the early days of World of
Warcraft. It boasts little of the expediency that defines modern
massively multiplayer online role-playing games; everything is an
intentionally slow grind. To obtain a Black Lotus, players had to
identify the specific spots where they spawn and camp there for between
45 and 75 minutes, waiting and warding off any competitors. For the last
several months, when human-run characters attempted to muscle their way
into the mix, coordinated groups of bots threatened them or closed
ranks around the flower. So in late May, Loknar—who plays a healing
priest in WoW Classic but still tries to kill bots whenever he sees
them—decided to hold an anti-bot protest in the in-game city of
Orgrimmar.
There were over 50 people doing a line walk and yelling,” says Loknar. He was trying to draw attention to the issue, asking
passers-by not to buy the Black Lotuses that bots put on the auction
house at an inflated 300 gold. (The normal price on most servers, he
says, is about half that.) Loknar made a racket, but the mafia knew how
to shut him up. The bots mass-reported him to publisher Blizzard for
“abusive chat.” Blizzard muted Loknar’s account, and those of other
protest participants, for 24 hours. In the meantime, the bots got their
Black Lotuses to the auction houses, where they maintained their
monopoly.

“Whether they're a mafia, whether they're a crime mob, whether they are a syndicate, whether they're an Illuminati; whatever
metaphor you want to use for them, the end result is the players are
getting fucked,” says World of Warcraft Twitch streamer Asmongold.
“They’re completely arrogant about it. . . they advertise the services
that they're going to do and they're hacking while they perform the
services.”

Dozens of websites easily found on Google sell code or services that automate the World of Warcraft Classic experience. Some
individual players pay to hand their accounts over to a bot to level up
their characters in the slow, meditative game while they’re at their day
jobs or snoozing. Others turn a profit by automating groups of accounts
that kill specific monsters and farm specific resources to earn mass
amounts of in-game gold. Some use game-breaking techniques to gain an
edge, like flying in the air and massacring rare monsters that can’t
fight back. (Characters cannot fly in-game.) Then, they round up the
goods.

Posted 03 Jul 2020

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