Players excited for the forthcoming release of Overwatch will be pleased to hear that developer Blizzard already has its eye on cheaters.
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After the immensely successful beta — which saw a record-breaking 9 million players test out Overwatch‘s fundamentals — there were some complaints from the community that players had already found ways to cheat the system.
Gameplay footage surfaced online show players using aimbots in an effort to help land them critical hits. Headshots are incredibly important in Overwatch, as there is a large damage hit relative to how much damage is dealt with a shot to the torso. Depending on your character, only a few shots to the head could take down an enemy, and while Blizzard has designed the game in such a way that headshots are tough and as-such more a strategic act as opposed to an act of sheer luck like in Call Of Duty, cheaters are already finding ways to ruin it for everyone.
Blizzard representatives took to the Battle.net forums to call out the cheaters, saying they “undermine the spirit of fair play”.
“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,” the studio said. “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.”
This is fantastic news for players who enjoyed the beta and are readying themselves for Overwatch‘s May 24 launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.