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World of Warcraft Payments Blocked by British Bank


Blizzard had once banned thousands and thousands of accounts for breaching their terms of contract. But this time it seems that Blizzard itself is in trouble! According to an article on news website Register, Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) has blocked automatic payments to Blizzard.

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The bank has cited that World of Warcraft is at the middle of an extraordinarily high incidence of credit card fraud. Though HBOS has not mentioned Blizzard as the cause, it has indicated that the recurrent use of credit cards that are stolen to pay for subscriptions and fees for the massively multiplayer online role playing game is adequate to warrant caution. Representatives from Halifax Bank have refused to give out details of the companies that were blocklisted.

This is what the Halifax Bank of Scotland had to say about the blocking of payments to Blizzard:

“We have seen a significant number of fraudulent transactions through Blizzard’s gaming sites. We have, therefore, blocked the majority of Visa/MasterCard transactions we receive from there in order to combat this. We do not believe the fraud is anything to do with Blizzard themselves, their sites or the integrity of their billing systems, rather it is site users utilizing stolen credit card details to pay for subscriptions. If a customer does want to subscribe to a game site operated by Blizzard, using a Halifax or Bank of Scotland credit card, we can arrange for the payments to be processed for them if they contact us.”

The payment block will not only apply to the customers of Halifax Bank, but also to those of its subsidiary, the Bank of Scotland. The legitimate subscribers of World of Warcraft will now have to get in touch with their bank to approve future payments. The MMORPG has more than ten million users and the game has been very profitable for Vivendi.