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Overwatch Beta Cheaters Banned

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Many of us who have played a lot of shooters in the past noticed examples of sketchy skillshots in Overwatch killcam replays, and a post on Battle.net seems to confirm that some beta players were indeed cheating, though they also warn that a loss of fidelity on replays may create the appearance of cheating where there was none. They outline a zero tolerance policy, saying cheaters will be banned, and that some bans have already come down after the beta: "In fact, thanks to reports submitted during the beta, we’ve already made improvements to the game as well as removed players who were found to be cheating." They outline how to report suspicious behavior, and say they will also be adding the ability to report players from within the game client. Here's a bit:

 

What does this mean for Overwatch? 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.


These assertions aren’t new or groundbreaking for Blizzard, but they’re important and serve as a reminder of our commitment to delivering epic gameplay experiences. For us, it’s not just about creating awesome games, but about supporting those games and their communities for years to come. The upcoming launch of Overwatch on May 24 is in many ways just the beginning, and we’re doing all that we can to prepare for that milestone and (perhaps more importantly) what comes after—not just in terms of new game content, but also how we can ensure a fair and equitable play environment for everyone.

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