Plan on cheating in Overwatch? Plan on getting botters to play for you so you can earn some experience points without actually playing? Plan on using paid aimbots to give you the l33t skills that hard work and dedication could have afforded you? Well, kid, you’re out of luck because you’re the perfect mark on the bulls-eye for Blizzard’s banhammer.
Over on the official Battle.net forums, community manager Lylirra explained that anyone caught bending, busting or breaking the rules for Overwatch will be perma-banned…
“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”
In other words, if you get caught cheating… no Overwatch for you.
The game recently had an open beta session over the past weekend at the beginning of May as a way to cockblock Battleborn’s hype, and it worked well enough because more than 9.7 million users logged in to play Overwatch on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Blizzard is known for handling hackers and cheaters in waves. Back in March they had a ban wave in Diablo III, clearing out the gold farmers like the government wiping out and subsidizing farmers in America. Before that they also took their incorrigible banhammer to the shores of China, where they chased down more gold farmers and botters in a ban wave back in February of this year, as noted in a post over on the Diablo III forums.
The community manager notes that they’ll be keeping a close eye on Overwatch’s user activity like Michael Jackson kept a close eye on the kids drinking his “Jesus juice”, writing…
“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.”
Lylirra does warn of potential false flags if or when attempting to use the playback feature for spotting and catching hackers. She notes that sometimes some players really do have natural l33t skills; they’re just the top of the food chain when it comes to fingering a touchpad and clicking a button to land a facial deathblow.
So with all that said, if you have plans on cheating in Overwatch when it launches on may 24th, don’t. Blizzard will be waiting for you with the banhammer in tow like a robber waiting in a New York alley waiting to rob and ravage unsuspecting tourists.
Then again… maybe cheaters won’t be such a problem when it comes to Overwatch because a lot of players may end up being more concerned with searching up Tracer on Pornhub.