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Poster: Siflak at 8/7/2006 8:12:41 AM PDT
Subject: Sharing accounts?
   Firstly this isnt my character...its my brothers (Getting a login failure on mine on the forums....happens occasionally)

My question is I have 2 60s on my server (WW) and my brother has 2 60s on his, and 1 on mine. Occasionally he will help on my account to use my hunter to help him with quests, borrow some trade goods or something along those lines.

I also have a good friend with 2 60's on my server and in the same guild- Sometime I will log on him to use his leatherworking to make something or trade goods between my characters or something.... Hell also log on me when I DC or cant get in on time for invites and get my invited.

My brother and my friend are also friends and will log on each others accounts occasionally for similar stuff.

My question does this violate the TOS in any way? I remember a thread where a guys account got locked down for multiple IP access.

Also....I just read the threat on account trading and all....Im a little confused- If a friend of yours quits the game and gives you his game media...and login info for completely free, thus giving you the that allowed?

And if not can I ask for the reasoning behind it? I dont see how if my friend or brother were to log into to so I can make a raid or access my bank alt can be a way to exploit the game...If anything it allows me to play more...progress further with the guild, and keep me interested in the game....
Poster: Caerrus at 8/7/2006 8:28:20 AM PDT
Subject: Re: Sharing accounts?
   If you are not the registered owner of an account, any access of that account is considered to be a very serious violation of our Terms of Use. Blizzard Entertainment does not condone the sharing of accounts or the transfer of account ownership from one player to another. By sharing your password with your friend, guildmate, or brother, you have violated the Terms of Use. Here are the most relevant portions of that document:

Q u o t e:
D. During the registration process, you will be required to select a user name and a password that are specific to the Account (collectively referred to hereunder as "Password"). Your Password is to be kept confidential at all times and you are solely responsible for the security of your Password. You may not disclose your Password to anyone, or allow your Password to be used by anyone other than yourself and/or your one (1) minor child. Blizzard Entertainment is not responsible for any harm that may result to the Account (including without limitation the deletion or modification of characters in the Account) as a result of a lost or shared password. The user name you choose shall be subject to the naming guidelines contained in this Terms of Use Agreement.

E. Blizzard Entertainment does not recognize the transfer of Accounts, and any authorized transfer of the World of Warcraft software (as set forth on the website) will result in the permanent deletion of the Account attached to that software. You may not offer any Account for sale or trade, and any such offer is a violation of this Agreement and may result in suspension or termination of the Account.
If your friend logs onto your account, or you log onto someone else's account, your are compromising the security of the account, which also violates our Unauthorized Account Access Policy; which may result in the closure of any and all related accounts. Here is a quote from our policy page:

Q u o t e:
Repercussions for Compromising an Account

This category applies to players who have:

  • Accessed an account reported as compromised and are not the registered user of said account.
  • Knowingly or unknowingly received items/gold from a compromised account.
If a player is found to have participated in one of these acts, he/she may:

  • Have the transferred items/gold removed from the account.
  • Receive an account penalty up to and including account closure if the registered user of the account perpetrated the compromise.

Your World of Warcraft account is intended to be used by you, and you alone. As Mjrpain has pointed out, allowing other players to access your account when it is not in use by you can provide you with an advantage over other players, and the sharing of account information is the primary cause of compromized ("hacked") accounts. I'm sorry if you perceive this to be an inconvenience, Siflak; but these policies are in place primarily to ensure the safety and security of our players' accounts.

Our Terms of Use can be found here:

The Unauthorized Account Access Policy can be found here:

[ post edited by Caerrus ]

"I know it's hard to put food on your family"
- Nre
Poster: Caerrus at 8/7/2006 8:59:05 AM PDT
Subject: Re: Sharing accounts?
   Accounts are not closed until after we have completed a thorough investigation which indicates that the account has been shared/accessed by multiple users. Accessing your account at a friend's house or a LAN center is perfectly acceptable, so long as you are the only one who is accessing the account. I'm not going to go into specifics about our investigation process, but I can assure you that we do our best to ensure that only players who are found guilty of actions violating our policies or Terms of Use will be penalized for their actions.
"I know it's hard to put food on your family"
- Nre
Poster: Caerrus at 8/7/2006 9:13:58 AM PDT
Subject: Re: Sharing accounts?
   As I said, so long as you are not sharing the account information or allowing anyone else to access your account, you will not be penalized for account sharing.
"I know it's hard to put food on your family"
- Nre

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