Amid accusations of being "seven months too late", Blizzard has confirmed that it is developing a tool allowing Diablo III gamers to submit hacker reports while in-game. The news comes as the developer reveals it has issued account bans to "several thousand" Diablo III players, found to be using bots in order to progress through the action/RPG.
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In response to the community backlash that the bots and hackers have been around since the beginning, ruining the game for everyone, Johnson replies that "this isn't our first rodeo," explaining that Blizzard has been "actively monitoring" the game for inappropriate / exploitative behaviour since launch. Apparently, the studio has just been keeping the whole process under its collective hat - something Johnson reports the team is "working to change and improve upon going forward," following requests for more transparency.
There is no release date thrown around for the new reporting feature, which will send reports of untoward behaviour directly from the game client, but keep an eye out for it in a future Diablo III patch.
Jimmy the Geek