Some Overwatch players aren’t cheating, they’re just “really good”

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Overwatch is almost here folks. By now, anyone with a decent internet connection has been able to sample Blizzard’s next big franchise, a team-based shooter that runs like a dream on any platform as Roadhogg huffs and puffs his way across the screen while drinking some sort of magical Australian moonshine. Fans have been able to get to grips with the game, come up with strategies and be a menace on any map.

And of course, cheats. There’s been a fair amount of hackusations thrown at Blizzard and Overwatch lately, with some players claiming that others are ruining the game with mods that provide instant ultimates and an auto-aim straight out of Metroid Prime. Some of those accusations are very, very right, Some of them aren’t, as some players aren’t cheating. They’re just that damn good.

Blizzard recently released guidelines about how they’ll be handling cheaters in Overwatch, asking players to report suspicious behaviour. Unless it’s for people who really know how to land a few shots with expert precision:

Some players are just really good at first-person shooters. Through practice and years of experience, these players’ movements and reaction times can occasionally appear unnatural (if not physically impossible) to those who may not have been exposed to that particular level of play before.

So lay off the people who are kicking your ass. Git gud, pal. Blizzard isn’t holding back with any cheaters that are caught, as such people will be permanently banned. “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,” Blizzard said in a forum post.

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.

Personally, I feel like permabanning is too soft. I’d rather take the culprits, and lock them in a room with Matty while he explains how to get the best gear in Heroes of the Storm. Yes, I’m cruel.

Last Updated: May 16, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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