Booted From World of Warcraft
Last night I got an automated e-mail from Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft. My "WoW" account has been put on a 3-day suspension.
As I wrote about for Sunday's paper (and talked about in this video), I recently paid a "power leveling" service a few bucks to play the game for me for a while and build up my game character. This, of course, is against the game company's rules --and so, Blizzard sent notice that they're shutting the account down for 72 hours.
Here's the charge: "After a thorough investigation, we have found that the registered user of the account has shared account login information and allowed others to access the account."
I'll probably never know if Blizzard's tech people figured out that workers for the online "power level" company IGE I hired had been using the account--or if somebody over there just read the column.
The response to the story, over at my e-mail inbox, was much more friendly than what I was bracing myself for. I expected some cranky mail from serious WoW fans, but mostly I got advice about how to get more enjoyment out of the game or opinions about the practice of "power leveling." I was also half-expecting that I might get e-mail from other folks who, like me, found the game to be a bit too much of a grind to hold their interest. Didn't get any of those either, so maybe it's just me.
Anyway, I tried to log in to that WoW account this morning to confirm that the account for my character "Johnmullet" was on ice. But I couldn't--it turns out the entire realm of Azeroth is down this morning for scheduled maintenance.
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