Overwatch has only been out for about a week and a half now, but the game’s developer is wasting no time in banning players who break the rules.
Blizzard has reportedly banned more than 1500 people in China alone since May 24, with several of those players taking to popular hacking forums to complain about not being able to fool Overwatch’s cheat detection system. One player even claimed to have been banned twice — once when they initially cheated, and then again after they re-purchased the game — most likely because the cheat software had been detected from the previous use on the owner’s computer.
Another user posted the email that Blizzard sent to them after their account was deactivated:
“We don’t take this decision lightly,” the email reads. “Our team issued this closure after a careful review of relevant evidence. Our support staff will not overturn these closures and may not respond to appeals.”
Blizzard notably designed Overwatch from the ground up to be a more inclusive multiplayer game (Wired recently published this very good piece about the company’s “fun first” design philosophy), so it’s great to see the developer taking a hard stance against those that would try and ruin the experience for everyone.