Will Zynga ban Gamers Unite members?

Rumors have been going around that Zynga will ban members of Gamers Unite because the application violates FarmVille rules. Gamers Unite is website that created an application called SnagBar that makes it easier for FarmVille players to complete mundane tasks automatically. Instead of spending lots of time watering crops, the players get to focus on the parts of the game that they really enjoy.

One of the common wall posts spreading this rumor is:

ZYNGA HAS RECEIVED REPORTS OF SEVERAL INCIDENTS WHEREAS GAME PLAYERS ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE FACEBOOK AND GAME RULES. AN APPLICATION KNOWN AS GAMERS UNITE IS ONE THAT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED. PLAYERS USING THIS APP. WILL EITHER BE BLOCKED OR WARNED PRIOR TO BEING BLOCKED FROM ALL GAMES. DUE TO PRIVACY CONSIDERATIONS WE ARE UNABLE TO RELEASE THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO ARE IN VIOLATION. THANK YOU

Some rumors have also stated that SnagBar contains a dangerous virus.

Zynga has stated that using third-party applications violates terms of service and that members found using them will have their accounts suspended. So far, though, this hasn’t happened. Zynga hasn’t suspended a single membership for violation. I suppose that the possibility exists, but it seems unlikely that Zynga would take the time to actually do this.

FarmVille players who insist on playing every part of the game manually might feel cheated by those who use bot applications, but it’s unlikely that either Zynga or Facebook has any interest in banning members who use SnagBar. Furthermore, reports that SnagBar contains malicious software are completely unfounded. In all likeliness, the rumor was started by “straight” gamers who want to discourage others from using bots.

Some of the rumors even state that Facebook users who “like” Gamers Unite will have their FarmVille memberships revoked. While Zynga does retain the right to ban players who use SnagBar, they have made no mention of banning members who “like” Gamers Unite. Such a move would seem like a serious invasion of privacy, and I doubt that Facebook would be very happy about that. It’s not like Facebook is huge on privacy, but it’s one thing to provide information about users and another to restrict their actions based on that information.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on May 20, 2010.

14 Responses to “Will Zynga ban Gamers Unite members?”

  1. Thanks for posting! Finally someone tells the truth!

  2. I play Farmville on Facebook and somebody asked me if I use Snagbar. I don’t think I do. I thought they were referring to the Zynga Toolbar which I tried to download but it wouldn’t work with Windows 7. When I said I didn’t they said they checked and it shows that I do use snagbar. Can somebody tell me what snagbar is and how I could have it and not know it?

  3. Mary- I answered your questions in my most recent post. You can read it here: https://facebookhoaxes.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/more-info-about-snagbar/ . I hope that solves any issues that you’re having.

  4. straight players ned to stop harrassing and threatening people that do use the snaag bar. nobody has the right to tell anyone how to enjoytheir computers. mind your business and advocate for something worhwhile!!!!

  5. What is the whole purpose of the offerings on the wall? Think about it. Why not everybody get on the same plane and let every single player have a snag bar then nobody will have to mess with trying to be the first to click on something to get it… GAME OVER!! Everybody should have one.. or nobody should have one… other wise it really isn’t fair. How about a site for all those who want to use a snag bar and s separate one for those who want to play it the way it was designed and met to be played

  6. I admit I installed the snag bar. My sister and I use the same computer. She has M.S. and plays farmville. It is impossible for her to plant and seed and harvest without fuel. I set the snagbar to fuel only to ensure that she doesnt have to keep clicking. If any of my facebook friends or zynga has a problem with that, they can delete me !!

  7. The trouble is no one beleives me when i say i only collect certain things. People think if you have it, its on 24/7 and you ar taking everything you can get. I am sick of the whole thing.

  8. It is each persons privilege to choose if they want the snag bar or not, why would people accuse others of cheating????? It’s a privilege for ALL!!

  9. It’s a PRIVILEGE for anyone who chooses to use the snag bar!!!!
    Just because you don’t choose to use it is no reason to call those who do..Cheats…I don’t allow people with their manipulative remarks to control me..especially if they have the same (equal) privilege I have…

  10. we all have the same opportunity to steal from Walmart or some other place, but we don’t. YOu go to jail for that. Users of GU or snagging, takes the real fun out of FV. for those that sit and wait to play fairly.

  11. For quick leveling up in farmville i use this tool Haybale Buy/Sell Automation Exchanged my coins for XP
    http://letusbuzz.com/farmville-hayballe-buysell-automation/

  12. For quick leveling up in farmville i use this tool Haybale Buy/Sell Automation http://letusbuzz.com/farmville-hayballe-buysell-automation/

  13. i think its funny how their so bored with their life that they got to stick their noses in other peoples business lol , i juts think their jellous cause they dont know how to use something so simple as a snag toobar lol eaven my 3 year old knows how to use it . mabe their brains dont understand that they can have it also , its just not for certain people aand why would i want to spend all day trying to harvest , plow and seed my plot when i can turn on the bot to do it for me while i go do things in real life . mabe they think farmville is their real life lol and they dont have friends in real life either lol , if they dont like it ohwell , its not cheeting , its just a helper bot that lets you have time to do other things , it aint like its stealing from them lol . ohwell i guess their just jellous like i said and dont know how to work bots or tool bars so they have to harras us and try to stop us from using it . soooo sad .

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