So it didn’t really last as long as I hoped for…. This is what happened:
I had been playing for a while now, about 3-4 days or so, when on friday last week my account suddenly stopped working. I couldn’t log in either in the game or on the webpage. I simply settled by thinking the problem was at Blizzard and that they would have it sorted out in no time. On Saturday, the same thing. Still I could not log into either game or web page.
Finally on Sunday I recieved a mail from Blizzard with a request for a password reset. It didn’t explain why I recieved a mail about this, but I thought not much of it and reset my password to a new one.
With this I managed to log into my account. Well, when I then logged in my first character, Cloudhoof, I was in for a suprise. He was located in Hellfire Peninsula (while as I left him in Shattrath), with his bags full of major healing and mana potions, 3000 gold and his bags full of various rare BoE lvl 70 items. You could say I was pretty damn shocked, and my first thought was of course that my account had been hacked over the weekend, and that Blizzard somehow had realized this and managed to get me my account back.
Well, by having all this stuff on my character, of course I couldn’t help but feeling that this was what the hackers had to pay for hacking my account, so I claimed the items and gold as my own.
After clearing out bags, picking up all the stuff the hacker had sold of my character, that Blizzard had sent me, sending some stuff to various alts and putting some of the rare items up for auction, I logged off.
Then the next day, on Monday, I recieved the following mail:
Subject: Permanent Account Suspension
We are writing to inform you that we have, unfortunately, had to cancel your World of Warcraft account:
Account Name: EQU
Type of Violation: Involvement in online trading activities
Investigation Concluded: 25/08/2008
Consequences for Account: Account Cancellation
It is with regret that we take this type of action, however, it is in the best interest of the World of Warcraft community as a whole, and for the integrity of the game, that your access to the World of Warcraft servers be cancelled.
Online trading refers to the exchange of in-game content for real world money, and includes, but is not limited to, the sale or purchase of gold, the sale or purchase of experience in the form of powerlevelling, and the sale or purchase of honor points, reputation or items.
If you wish to review our current Rules and Polices, they can be found at:
Account Administration Team
Blizzard Entertainment Europe
Man was I put out by that one…. Turns out they accused me of participating in gold trading activities, because I had the items and gold left from the hacker on my account! I was not sure what to do, as I really felt this was not my fault, but they clearly state that even thought there is someone else that has used your account, we can still hold you accountable for what happens with it.
Basically, a hacker can access your account by getting your password, do some goldfarming, you can get the account back and get screwed over by Blizzard for what the hacker did to your account.
I sent a long and detailed mail to the Blizzard accounting departement explaining everything, but has yet to recieve an answer. And seeing as they use about 3 days to give a reply, I’m not really expecting it any time soon.
So either this is a sign that I should not have started playing in the first place, or I’m just really unlucky.
I will probably try to get my account back, but seeing as it is a permanent suspension, I kind of doubt I’ll have much luck, unless I call them and explain everything.