Blizzard takes aim at Overwatch Aimbots

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The unfathomably popular Overwatch straddles the line between casual and competitive gaming – existing both as something people can play just for fun, and also to push up their rankings in their quest for world domination.

Blizzard would love for Overwatch to become a little more competitive though. They’re pushing for it to become a viable enough esport to oust the likes of CS:GO as the premier FPS in the competitive gaming arena. That’s never going to happen until the game’s cheaters are removed. Particularly prevalent in South Korea, Aimbots have made competitive Overwatch a pain. Blizzard’s doing something about that.

They’ve implemented a  patch that changes the game a little rendering the software-based aimbots useless.

Says a post originally on the Korean Overwatch forums, pilfered by Reddit:

“Image recognition based aimbots, prevalent in Korea, work by targeting specific RGB value used for enemy outlines. Basically starting from this patch, the outlines on enemies slightly change in color (unnoticeable to human eyes) so that the image recognition engine on aimbots would be either completely useless or have high failure rate (if they try to target the range, rather than a specific RGB value). They are already known to function incorrectly on maps like Gibraltar with red backgrounds so this should deal a critical blow to these hacks.”

There are other aimbots that seek out health bars, and probably a few that use other methods but this should mean that your Overwatch sessions should be a little freer from aimbots. For a week or two, at least.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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