Blizzard temporarily banishes players from playing games via cloud services

Jul

20

2018

Blizzard has adapted its end user agreement and prohibits players from playing their games through services such as GeForce Now, where the game is streamed from a server. Bans have already been handed out at World of Warcraft.

Blizzard blocked the first World of Warcraft players for 30 days for this reason, according to a message from a user on Reddit and the MMO-Champion website. The bans were handed out because the players used a cloud service to play the game, while Blizzard banned this since the beginning of June by means of an updated update of the end user agreement for all its games and services.

In the updated end user agreement, cloud computing is specifically mentioned as an act that may not take place. This involves the use of a game with an unauthorized cloud computing service from a third party, a cloud gaming service or software that allows Blizzard games to be streamed from a third party server to a device. These include services such as Geforce Now, Vortex Gaming, Shadow, LiquidSky and Parsec Gaming. Blizzard can temporarily or permanently cancel the license to play the game in the event of a violation.

According to the gamer who had to deal with the expulsion of thirty days, this policy change of Blizzard is related to the fact that the use of cloud services for the games is seen as account sharing , something that was always prohibited without the consent of Blizzard. According to Parsec , a service that can be used for cloud gaming, Blizzard does this to protect its own intellectual property and ensure that the overall gameplay experience remains optimal. Blizzard would have said earlier that players at Overwatch did not want to use cloud services, because that would damage the quality of the experience too much.

Whether Blizzard will stick to this and strictly monitor and enforce compliance with the policy change is not yet clear. It is possible that Blizzard will eventually authorize more cloud services. Earlier, a support employee from Blizzard said that the use of a cloud service for playing World of Warcraft was not a problem . A gamer asked this question because, in view of the new policy, he was afraid of a ban; through the Paperspace service, he could still play World of Warcraft fluently and with good graphics on a small laptop.

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