Blizzard has made it known it will not tolerate cheating in Diablo III. The company published a warning today and said it will begin issuing bans and suspensions in the near future.

"If a Diablo III player is found to be cheating or using hacks, bots, or modifications in any form, then as outlined in the Diablo III end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game," Blizzard said. "This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to to play Diablo III with his or her account."

Playing Diablo III legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client, Blizzard explained. "Doing otherwise violates our policies for and Diablo III, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits."

[Source: Blizzard]