Running Diablo III in WINE gets you banned.
Is playing games on Linux a crime now? That’s what a number of Diablo III players are asking after reportedly facing permanent account bans for trying to run the game on an unsupported operating system.
A number of Linux users running the game through the Wine compatibility utility started complaining about abrupt account bans on the WineHQ forums a few weeks ago, before gaining widespread attention on Blizzard’s official forums last night. The players suggest that Blizzard’s cheat-detecting algorithms have overzealously branded Wine as an unauthorized third-party game modification tool, marking them as cheaters and erasing the legitimately earned progress on their account.
Some players have reported getting little help from customer service as they try to get account status resolved, even though other customer service reps reportedly assured users that running an unmodified game client through Linux was OK.
But Blizzard community manager Bashiok weighed in on the thread soon after it started, insisting that the complaining players were not banned just because they were using Linux.
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.
From Linux Game News
However, what Blizzard should have done is released a Linux port of Diablo III, instead of ONLY supporting Mac and PC.
Maybe they missed the Humble Bundle statistics and how well Linux users support game titles?
Yet this isn’t the first time Linux users have run into trouble trying to run Blizzard’s games. Back in 2006, Blizzard publicly unbanned a number of Linux World of Warcraft players that were singled out for running under Windows emulator Cedega.
Ars Technica have reached out to Blizzard to try to get more information on the situation. In the meantime, Linux users might want to consider just running the game on a Windows partition for now.