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Blizzard Will Ban Overwatch Cheaters On First Offense, No Exceptions

by Mike Futter on May 13, 2016 at 06:51 AM

Blizzard has made a definitive statement on cheating in Overwatch. If you’re caught, you’re banned.

The publisher issued a statement laying down the law with regard to hacks, bots, or any other third-party software that might provide a competitive edge. Players can report potential cheaters, but they should know that they won’t get a response or update on the investigation.

"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," writes community manager "Lylirra." "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." 

Additionally, Blizzard cautions that “Play of the Game” footage, highlights, and even spectator camera are imperfect and may not represent a player’s minute movements or actual aim. Further, the publisher reminds players that some people are just that good. 

But if you do think someone isn’t playing fair, a new report feature will be present when the game launches on May 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. With an open beta turnout of 9.7 million, we’re sure some of you might be playing later this month.

[Source: Blizzard]

Our Take
It seems clear that Blizzard is going to make eSports a priority for Overwatch. Making sure that it sets a tone of fairness with a hard line against cheating is crucial.