When it comes to cheating in Overwatch, Blizzard is taking no prisoners

Cheating in Overwatch gives you a one-way ticket to being permanently banned - no exceptions, no second chances.

Blizzard isn't playing around when it comes to any form of cheating in Overwatch. Players that are caught using bots, hacks, or third-party software that may increase their advantage during gameplay will be permanently banned on the first offense, according to announcement posted on the Battle.net community forums today.

Players will have the option available at launch to report someone they suspect cheating within the game client. When reporting someone of hacking, Blizzard will not issue a response back to the player, but says that engineers will be monitoring reports coming in.

Blizzard says that they already made improvements based on the reports they received during the beta. Those found cheating during the beta were also removed from the game.

However, Blizzard says that while highlight footage, kill cam footage, and other forms of video capture made during a match is very helpful evidence when investigating, it’s not the key factor to which someone gets banned. They also mentioned that the playback footage isn’t always 100%  accurate in determining whether the player was hacking because the clips do not play back with the same integrity as the real time gameplay.

Almost 10 million people played the open beta last weekend, how many do you think cheated?

Overwatch is set to release on May 24th for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

Published May. 14th 2016
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