Strict Overwatch Cheating Policy Announced

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Developers of the soon to be released, team-based first person shooter Overwatch have recently announced their new policy in regards to cheating on the game, and you may want to take note. No warnings, strikes or temporary suspensions will be handed out to their more illicit playerbase as the ‘one strike and you’re out‘ policy was unveiled by Lylirra, community manager on Battle.net forums:

“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.”

Blizzard have always had a strong argument against using exploits in its games, warning potential cheaters that their soon-to-be unveiled game would have the most hardline stance on cheating, this is possibly due to the exclusivity of Overwatch being primarily a competitive game.

Overwatch hero, Tracer

Investigations will take place by Blizzard, and players who are suspected and reported will be looked at thoroughly through the game’s client, however as Lylirra stated, there are things you have to consider before you report someone for cheating on a game with such a competitive stance as this one.

“Some players are just really good at first-person shooters,” … “Through practice and years of experience, these players’ movements and reaction times can occasionally appear unnatural (if not physically impossible).”

If you’re looking for a short answer here, just don’t cheat. You will most likely be caught.

So, what are you looking forward to in Overwatch? Have you ever been caught cheating in a game before or have you ever been unfairly banned for just being too good? Let us know your stories and opinions in the comment section down below!

Luke