The ban hammer comes down.
Just a couple of days ago, we reported that there were a few instances of alleged hackers showing up in the Overwatch beta. There was gameplay footage of certain players that heavily suggested that they might have been using hacks to manipulate the game, or use aimbots to help them score critical hits. However, this was only speculation. While the community was visibly upset by the use of cheats and hacks, there was nothing the player base could really do to counteract this problem.
Just today, Blizzard Entertainment spoke out on the Battle.net forums and stated that cheaters and hackers will be permanently banned from Overwatch if found out.
“If a player is found to be cheating—or using hacks, bots, or third-party software that provides any sort of unfair advantage—that player will be permanently banned from the game. Full stop. Not only does cheating undermine the spirit of fair play that all of our products are based on, but it works to diminish the fun and enjoyment of others. While we are unlikely to publicly acknowledge when accounts are closed as a result of cheating or using unauthorized programs, we have and will continue to monitor Overwatch for exploitative behavior, as well as take action as needed to preserve the integrity of game.”
Along with this assertion, Blizzard also informs players on how to report cheaters, as well as factors to keep in mind before reporting another player. Overall, this is great news for Overwatch and its player base. It’s great to see Blizzard coming down hard on cheaters, and this will undoubtedly create a better gaming experience for all involved.
The Overwatch open beta is over, but the full game is set to be released on May 24 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.