You have a policy in your TOS that says you can ban someone or give them a warning for any reason.
So why choose not to use it? Why give people like Deezer a stamp of approval to keep doing what they're doing?
Does Blizzard even realize that popular streams help to promote and maintain interest in Starcraft 2? Why on earth would you not want to protect that outlet?
I think it's extremely disappointing that you're taking this stance.
A few more points -Even if this could be considered a violation,
It can be considered a violation. Your TOS says you can ban someone for any reason. If you decided you wanted to ban chronic stream snipers, you absolutely could based on how your TOS is currently written.we simply cannot micro-manage every streamed match to ensure the opponent was not looking at it, or using it to their advantage. It goes far beyond the scope of what we’re able to enforce.
No sane person has ever asked for you to constantly micro manage streams and ban any person who stream snipes.
What reasonable people have requested is that you ban the small number of chronic stream snipers. AKA - People like Deezer who have constantly stream sniped over a period of many months and who openly flaunt what they're doing.
It is not beyond the scope of what you could enforce to ban the tiny handful of individuals who have basically made an e-career out of stream sniping.
In the case of Deezer, there is a mountain of evidence against him, and it would take little effort to finally rid the community of him. Or at least ban his main account and force him to give you 60 more dollars if he wants his name back.It’s advisable for those streaming to take precautions, including delaying their streams by a significant amount of time, to avoid any potential advantage they may be providing their opponent.
This suggestion is somewhat reasonable. However, viewer-interaction is a major part of many people's streams, and long delays take that out of the equation. I think it's ridiculous that every single person who wishes to stream should have to add a delay and lower the quality of their stream when Blizzard could easily solve the problem by banning the small number of chronic stream cheaters.
01/19/2012 12:05 PMPosted by PhlawIf a player runs across someone who does something especially rude in a game, why not give them the ability to bypass that player for future matches?
"you don't even need to stream to have it happen to you." so blacking out your stream would do nothing.01/19/2012 08:42 PMPosted by SunTzuDelays can prevent cheating not sniping. Stream sniping is really misnamed you don't even need to stream to have it happen to you. Players can add you to their friend list, and as soon as their target hits find match their status will change and the sniper can also hit find match at the same time. This will let them match against their target over and over and over again in a row as long as they have similar rating, which seems like something blizzard could do something about because there is nothing players can do to prevent it.Black out your screen until you've entered the match. Viewers really don't care about watching someone wander the bnet menus.
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