Blizzard Entertainment has no pity for those caught cheating in Overwatch.
Cheating can make or break an online multiplayer game. For games like Overwatch that are multiplayer-only, keeping the experience fair for everyone is a top priority, and Blizzard Entertainment understands that. Thanks to experience from World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Entertainment is excellent at stopping cheaters in their tracks, and doling out harsh punishments. Overwatch will be no different.
Taking to the Overwatch forums, Blizzard revealed exactly what happens to anyone caught cheating:
“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.”
Harsh, but Blizzard isn’t take any risks. The post also contains details about how players can report cheaters and make the game the best it can be.
Overwatch is out May 24 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The open beta recently wrapped up with over 9.7 million global players trying the game. With those kinds of numbers, Blizzard sure has their work cut out for them.