Blizzard has dropped another banhammer and this time has banned thousands upon thousands of accounts that have been caught using bots or botting programs. One thing to note is that most of these are not permanent bans this time around, rather 6 month bans that will be released sometime around November.

We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as “bots.” We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.

The main bot that seems to have been targeted was Honorbuddy. Just about every who has used it in the past few months will probably be presented with “this account is temporarily suspended.” Many people are reporting that their main tanks or raid leaders from their progression guilds have been banned and won’t be back until November. This is probably going to have some measurable amount of impact on the amount of progression guilds and we’re probably going to see several big ones break up over it. It might even have a noticeable impact on the economy and the price of the new WoW Token.

What’s your stance on botting? Did you get caught in the ban wave?