Today I received confirmation that my use of the tools Blizzard provides every player were considered exploitative of the Diablo 3 Beta economy. I have been asked to tell customer support about my ideas for making gold or real money BEFORE trying them in the retail version of the game.
Blizzard, and this goes for whoever makes the policy over there for banning accounts, are you kidding me? Because I used my brain and got materials from salvaging vendor items and gimped my character's survivability with 145% gold find gear I should be banned?
This is distressing stuff, because it could potentially lead to accounts being banned in retail simply because they are better at the economic game than 99% of the player-base. Now I will have to be careful not to make "too much" gold while playing.
We're not even playing retail right now and they are banning people for TESTING in the Beta. Isn't that the whole point of the Beta? Testing that is? If I found a great way to make gold then you nerf it, you don't ban the person who is just playing the game with the tools they were given! It's insane and asinine to think that this kind of mindset is going to carry over into retail.
Here's proof of my claims from my Battle.net account:
"This is the latest response from Customer Support:
Hi there Christopher,
I'd like to thank you for contacting us about your D3 beta account.
I'm sorry that you feel you were wronged, however, I can assure you that the case has been thoroughly investigated, and it has been decided that access to the beta will not, under any circumstances, be restored.
That being said, this doesn't mean that you won't be allowed to play Diablo III when it is released. I would definitely recommend staying away from anything that might be construed as exploitive, and make sure to give us a call or put in a ticket BEFORE you do anything that might cause us to focus on your D3 account."
I know this wasn't an automated email because of the spelling errors, like "exploitive" which should be "exploitative." When Diablo 3 goes live, I will be emailing support probably every day with ideas to avoid this happening again!
I was almost up to 100 Beta Bucks and was probably going to break 1,000 within a week from the strategies I was trying out. So I guess when the game goes live I will have to avoid making so much so quickly? Am I going to be banned for having more than a few dozen auctions going at once? This is crazy and ridiculous! Don't punish players for being successful Blizzard! I could understand if what I was doing wasn't available to everyone and if I was somehow affecting other players' games, but I'm not.
Please spread the word on this post, the future of the auction houses in Diablo 3 depends upon it!