StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment warned players back on September 14 that the ban hammer was hanging over the heads of cheaters. That ban hammer dropped today with Blizzard announcing on that more than 5,000 players had been banned for violations its Terms of Use for "cheating and/or using hack programs while playing."

Blizzard took the action, it said, because cheating not only is "undermining the spirit of fair competition," but also because the company claims that the use of hack programs can hamper the performance and stability of

We contacted Blizzard for comment and are awaiting a response. Blizzard also says it's going to continue looking for StarCraft 2 cheaters after today's action.