Yes, reportedly since May 24th more than 1,500 people in China have been removed from the game permanently. The developers are definitely not f**king around.
Banning over 1,500 players for life within the first week of the game being live, sets a solid standard for how other game developers might go about enlisting harsh if not appropriate punishment for the players out there that sap enjoyment from other peoples' games for the sake of cheating their own way to victory. Screenshots like this one depicting the rage struggles being felt by the cheaters caught redhanded have already begun to surface:
What do you guys think about the Blizzard Banhammer thus far--too harsh, or right on the money?
Overwatch's latest comic "Reflections" went live today on the game's website. The comic is focused on the shifty pixie-like character, Tracer, and tells a pleasantly heartwarming holiday tale centered on several members from the game's cast.
But most exciting with regards to this comic is the official unveiling of Tracer's sexual orientation. See some shots of the comics below:
Tracer as depicted in the picture above, is seen kissing another woman who she appears to be living with. Emily is not part of the Overwatch team, and it is confirmed later on in the comic that she's dating Tracer when they attend Winston's holiday party together.
World of Warcraft's Executive Producer J. Allen Brack released the following statement via Eurogamer, as a response to the Nostalrius server closure:
"Failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard's rights. While Blizzard had looked into the possibility of working with unofficial servers, there was not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server.We wanted to let you know that we’ve been closely following the Nostalrius discussion and we appreciate your constructive thoughts and suggestions, added Brack. Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic. We hear you. Many of us across Blizzard and the WoW Dev team have been passionate players ever since classic WoW. In fact, I personally work at Blizzard because of my love for classic WoW.
We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty. If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would. However, there are tremendous operational challenges to integrating classic servers, not to mention the ongoing support of multiple live versions for every aspect of WOW.
Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.
In closing, Brack made reference to the 235,000 signatures for the petition to reinstate the server, saying: "They obviously care deeply about the game, and we look forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks."
What do you make of all this?
In case you could go for a trip down memory lane, we've provided the original video that depicts the final few minutes leading up to the server shutdown:
You can also check out the compilation of screenshots depicting the original massive pilgrimage staged by players in response to the Nostalrius server shutdown, over here.