Source: YouTube / Asmongold Clips
August 15, 2022 will be the day when Blizzard once again, albeit by accident, shot itself in the foot. On that day Streamer Asmongold was banned from World of Warcraft for "Real Money Trading.". He received a standard email from Blizzard that the account ban was due to taking part in advertising, selling or buying boosts for either PvE or PvP activities.
Asmongold thanks Blizzard
It didn't take long for the streamer to respond. On his YouTube channel, Asmongold posted a video explaining the issue and took the opportunity to thank Blizzard.. Such a situation is great for generating views under the video, and the streamer was right. At the time of this writing, the video titled "Blizzard Banned Me From WoW" already has more than one and a half million views.
Asmongold ironically stated at the beginning that Blizzard did a great job of introducing several other well-known players who also received bans, which were subsequently removed. In addition Asmon stressed that "Real Money Trading" doesn't interest him, because he earns enough that he could buy gold in World of Warcraft using tokenswhich are officially sold by Blizzard.
On Reddit, a heated discussion erupted and according to some people, the ban must have been justified and there is no room for error. All the more so since the email stated "in-depth examination of the case." Asmongold was alledgedly have gone too far this time.
There was a ban and now it's gone
Not a day passed and the ban was removed from Asmongold's account. The streamer also did not lose any rewards, which were to be removed simultaneously with the ban being imposed. They were all edgedly obtained through the aforementioned "Real Money Trading."
This situation has reignited the discussion on random bans and Wow's flawed automated reporting system. In the comments, Asmon's fans pointed out that ordinary players don't have the same "weight" as a streamer, and it's unclear how many people may have been banned for a similar offense.
This is a problem because, as Blizzard itself reports, the decision is always final and support staff do not have to respond to appeals. At the same time, the statement about in-depth examination is either a lie, or someone did not review the case very thoroughly after all.
Blizzard may have two options in this situation: improve the automatic ban system or hire people to verify the reports. Of course, it's possible to leave everything as it is, but players won't be happy with that.
Meanwhile, Asmongold, after checking that his account had been debanned, returned to playing... Tower of Fantasy.