Blizzard has Already Banned Thousands of Overwatch Cheaters

Blizzard Entertainment promised to punish Overwatch cheaters harshly, and they’re living up to that promise.

The developer and publisher have unleashed the first wave of bans, and there are a lot of them. These bans aren’t just for North American players, but those all over the world. Blizzard’s offices in China took things a step further, publishing the usernames of the 1,572 players they banned.

“We’ve recently taken action against Overwatch accounts worldwide which were found to be using cheat programs. We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in Overwatch, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”

Blizzard did warn prior to launch that there would be no strikes, and those caught would be permanently banned. Considering Overwatch lives or dies based on how balanced its multiplayer is, these measures are highly logical. The developer encourages players to contact them at hacks@blizzard.com, or use right-click report functionality if they believe another player is cheating by utilizing hacks, bots, or unauthorized third-party software.

Overwatch is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s pretty good and has already accumulated seven million players worldwide.