Overwatch cheaters will be permabanned, and nothing of value will be lost


Nobody likes cheaters. Not even cheaters like cheaters, which also makes cheaters hypocrites and nobody likes hypocrites either. That makes cheaters double gross. So, everybody who isn’t a double gross cheating cheater will doubtless be super-duper thrilled to know that Blizzard is doing the zero-tolerance thing with Overwatch cheaters, and banning them from the game forever and ever, amen.

“We’ve always taken cheating in Blizzard games very seriously, and that stance is no different for Overwatch. ‘Play nice; play fair’ is one of our core values as a company, and it’s something we’ve taken to heart not only when designing the game, but also as we’ve developed our plans to support it and our players after launch,” Blizzard community manager Stephanie Johnson announced on the company’s Battle.net forums.

“What does this mean for Overwatch? 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.”

No ifs, no buts, no “but it was my friend playing, I swear, I had leprosy that time”.

Precluding the otherwise inevitable inbox crammed with ZOMG WALLHAX AIMBOTS 7/11 WAS AN PART-TIME JOB conspiracy theories, however, Johnson also added that “some players are just really good at first-person shooters”, so if you keep getting killed by the same guy, maybe it’s just you.

Overwatch is out on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on 24 May.

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