70-year-old WoW player banned for six months after being mistaken for a robot

70-year-old WoW player banned for six months after being mistaken for a robot


A 70-year-old World of Warcraft fan has been banned from playing the MMO for six months after being flagged as a bot and banned. However, the situation was finally resolved after a Reddit post was blown up last week, so things are ending on a happy note.

Last week, a 70-year-old headed to the World of Warcraft subreddit for help after apparently having little success with Blizzard’s support and GM. They explained that their father was banned for six months for “basically playing the game the way Blizzard assumes a robot,” even though the way he played was no different from the way he’s played for the past decade.

“He’s been playing World of Warcraft since The Burning Crusade was originally released,” they explained. “He’s a 70-year-old who likes to explore and level up new characters. He also rarely talks in chat. To outsiders…yes, he looks like a robot. But, it’s a game and world that loves Old guy with fantasy elements. He’s probably close to ten hunters at this point.”

The post then gained enough momentum to catch the attention of one of Blizzard’s customer support teams, eventually leading the 70-year-old Warcraft fan to get his account back.

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In a follow-up post, one of his kids explained that he was ecstatic when he heard the news and wasted little time getting back to work. We also got a picture of the 70-year-old dad laughing happily sitting at his computer, which is really healthy.

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Kirsten Bennett
Kirsten is a passionate writer who loves games, and one day he decided to combine the two. She is now professionally writing niche articles about Consoles and hardware .