Cheating is common in all games that are releases but Blizzard isn’t about to allow Overwatch cheaters to get away with it.
In an announcement, Blizzard looked to set the record straight before the game releases.
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.
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. 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.
These assertions aren’t new or groundbreaking for Blizzard, but they’re important and serve as a reminder of our commitment to delivering epic gameplay experiences. For us, it’s not just about creating awesome games, but about supporting those games and their communities for years to come. The upcoming launch of Overwatch on May 24 is in many ways just the beginning, and we’re doing all that we can to prepare for that milestone and (perhaps more importantly) what comes after—not just in terms of new game content, but also how we can ensure a fair and equitable play environment for everyone.
So there you go potential Overwatch cheaters, if you cheat and get caught you can expect a permanent ban from playing the game any more. The company is also hoping Overwatch players will report those thought to be cheating by emailing [email protected] at which point they will investigate.
Cheats in this instance relate to third party software that provides an unfair advantage, not the kind of creative use of the gameplay mechanics like Puppy did with his basketball trap.
Overwatch is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting on the 24th May 2016.