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Blizzard fixing Diablo 3 votekick exploit for Hardcore difficulty

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During co-op play in Diablo III, players can call for a vote to kick party members as a measure against troublemakers. A successful vote locks the offending player in place for 10 seconds before booting him or her, but forum complaints (opens in new tab) cite griefers vote-kicking innocent players in Hardcore games, resulting in a costly death from swarms of monsters. Posting on the official forums (opens in new tab) , a Blizzard Community Manager stated a fix is on the way to remove the timer entirely.

"While we realize this solution may allow players to exploit the Vote Kick function to avoid death, it's not a very reliable survival technique and we feel that it's a better alternative than players losing a character they've invested a lot of time into due to griefing," read the post. "We'll definitely be keeping on an eye on this, though, and will consider other solutions if necessary."

Blizzard didn't say whether the fix will arrive as an individual patch or bundled with upcoming major updates such as the impending 1.07 PVP debut (opens in new tab) . For now, I'll keep hoping my "PKPKPKPKPKPKPK" chat spams continue warding off unsavory types until the fix arrives.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?