Overwatch cheaters have started to taste Blizzard's ban hammer

Over 1500 cheaters in China alone have been banned from playing Overwatch.

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Blizzard may have seven million players enjoying Overwatch, but it’s already removing players from the game by banning alleged cheaters, thus staying true to its word on its immediate enforcement of bans.

Over 1500 players in China alone have been banned, with Western players also getting a taste of Blizzard’s ban hammer. A number of posts from less-than-happy cheaters have started popping up online. One of these cheaters shares his ban experience saying he was banned one day after Overwatch’s release. “Thought I got detected for using RPM tools, because the game was crashing for it at that time. Bought the game again... didn't hack on it at all, just wanted to enjoy the game a bit. Two days later—banned again. Bought the game... again. But before doing that, I deleted Overwatch and launcher completely. Enjoyed it again without cheating only for a day."

As we mentioned, Blizzard is taking cheating in Overwatch very seriously, which is great to hear as a regular player. I already have trouble staying competitive against players who have way more time to play Overwatch than I do, so the last thing I need is someone who cheats their way to the top of the leaderboards.

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    June 3, 2016 6:52 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Overwatch cheaters have started to taste Blizzard's ban hammer

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      June 3, 2016 7:05 AM

      GOOD.

      If you suck at a game so badly that you have to resort to cheating, you shouldn't be gaming anyway.
      I hope you enjoy those mounds of salt.

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        June 3, 2016 9:02 AM

        By your logic: If you suck at making games so badly that you have to resort to banning your customers, you shouldn't be making video games anyway.

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          June 3, 2016 9:12 AM

          this makes no sense

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          June 3, 2016 9:16 AM

          You have a very poor grasp of logic.

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          June 3, 2016 9:23 AM

          By your logic: no one should make games.

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            June 5, 2016 11:54 AM

            When someone says "by your logic", they are giving an example to show the failure of the original logic.

            As in, I disagree with the original logic, here are three other examples of why people cheat:
            1. To troll/grief
            2. To find out what cheats are out there
            3. To review games (this usually only applies to single player games)

            Simultaneously, I was insulting Blizzard for not doing more to prevent cheats. I hope they do keep making games for a long time because I love most of their games, doesn't mean I can't insult them when they screw up. I'm still amazed by how butt hurt everyone here got.

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          June 3, 2016 9:32 AM

          logic: how does it work?

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          June 3, 2016 11:31 AM

          ^^^^^ Cheater detected.

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          June 3, 2016 11:40 AM

          Dude what?

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          June 3, 2016 11:42 AM

          Hahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

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          June 3, 2016 11:45 AM

          BY YOUR LOGIC PLEASE KILL YOURSELF

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          June 3, 2016 11:58 AM

          u dum

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          June 3, 2016 12:31 PM

          dude you should have learned by now you can't openly insult blizzard on the internet because blizzdrones will swarm and attack you. That's a basic internet rule from the 90s man. That's like the equivalent of declaring you are atheist while living in Saudi Arabia.

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            June 3, 2016 12:38 PM

            Any game dev should ban online cheaters. it is not related to blizzard.

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            June 3, 2016 12:39 PM

            I think his comment stands alone without mention of Blizzdrones. Their last album was pretty good though.

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            June 3, 2016 12:43 PM

            blizzdrones

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            June 3, 2016 12:45 PM

            enjoy a fudge Blizzone and smile

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            June 3, 2016 1:18 PM

            Who insults game devs for banning cheaters? Hmmm there could be only one subgroup of players that would get angry about that.

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            June 3, 2016 1:21 PM

            While agree people here are ultra sensitive about people not liking the same things they do. What OP said was fucking stupid. Stupid and retarded.

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            June 3, 2016 2:24 PM

            By your logic pickle ice cream tree apron orange robot hair poooooooop

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            June 5, 2016 11:48 AM

            Good to know, I'll probably use this to troll in the future -- even though in this case I wasn't trolling, I think the fact that there are cheats a week after release shows how little effort Blizzard has put towards preventing cheats in this game. Fixing the problem by banning is exactly like cheating, it's going for the easy solution instead of the good one.

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              June 6, 2016 7:53 AM

              That doesn't make any sense, Blizzard doesn't have any control over the cheats that people make and can really only react to existing cheats. They're not psychic, they can't predict what people are going to make and preemptively counter it.

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                June 6, 2016 11:52 PM

                If you knew a little bit about software engineering (especially when it comes to client/server programming) you would realize how naive that is.

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                June 6, 2016 11:54 PM

                Imagine if banks got hacked all the time and they just said "we're not psychic, we couldn't predict what people would do with online banking". Gaming is not important as banking to invest that level of security, but they definitely can do a ton to prevent simple attacks.

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          June 3, 2016 12:40 PM

          If you suck at forming an argument so badly that you have to resort to swapping your argument for that of another within the same formal premise while overlooking the significant and fundamental differences between their respective components then you shouldn't be making arguments anyway.

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          June 3, 2016 12:43 PM

          wall hax

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          June 3, 2016 12:44 PM

          cheating in a single player game is a whole different animal than online cheaters

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          June 3, 2016 1:13 PM

          So what you're saying is that you cheat at online games, and then get mad about being banned.

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            June 6, 2016 11:55 PM

            I'm against cheating, my problem is Blizzard cheated its audience by not doing enough to stop cheating in the first place.

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          June 3, 2016 1:23 PM

          Nobody cheats because the game doesn't work correctly though. They cheat to get an advantage over ther players because they have a tiny dick.

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          June 3, 2016 1:23 PM

          sucking doesnt equal cheating. Desperate players who want to try and be better = cheaters

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            June 3, 2016 1:36 PM

            I don't think cheaters want to try. They just want to be better without putting in any effort.

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              June 3, 2016 1:39 PM

              Good point :0

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              June 5, 2016 11:43 AM

              Funny, this is the closest to getting my original comment. That was my point. Blizzard isn't putting in the effort to prevent cheaters. They didn't even try to stop cheaters, since there are already ways to cheat after a week of release.

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          June 3, 2016 2:19 PM

          By your logic banana is the worst kind of pineapple.

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          June 3, 2016 9:14 PM

          Got banned huh

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          June 5, 2016 11:39 AM

          Haha, I didn't realize this got so many replies.

          To answer all the comments:
          1. I haven't even bought the game yet so no I didn't get banned. Played the beta, was fun, might buy at some point.
          2. Main point of my original comment is that Blizzard is blaming players for cheating, instead of making cheating impossible or at least extremely difficult. The fact that there are cheating this soon after release tells me this wasn't a priority for them.

          IMO this is a lazy tactic for preventing cheating, and cheaters will remain, just become more subtle cheaters so they don't get caught.

          My logic is Blizzard is cheating at preventing cheating. Instead of spending effort making their game secure, they are doing this as a quick PR stunt to make it look like they're doing something about cheating. What, you think no one else will cheat because 0.01% of the player base got a ban?

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        June 3, 2016 11:35 AM

        If you resort to cheating in a MULTI PLAYER game you shouldn't be playing MULTI PLAYER games.... Do whatever you want in a single player game because you're not ruining anyone's experience and its your experience and yours only.

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        June 3, 2016 11:41 AM

        I don't think it's about not being good. I think people who cheat in multiplayer games do it more for the troll effect than for just getting high scores.

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      June 3, 2016 9:06 AM

      Why cheat when you can play macree or just wait for your ULT with one of the cheap fuckers.

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        June 3, 2016 9:17 AM

        Oh god I hate that cowboy mother fucker. I couldn't tell you how many times I've been "sniped" across the map by a pistol. He's got way to much long range damage/accuracy with that standard attack.

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          June 3, 2016 10:56 AM

          His damage at long range is terrible due to damage drop off they introduced early in last years portion of the beta..... When he had no damage dropoff he was a true terror sniping widowmakers...

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      June 3, 2016 9:13 AM

      Do we have a list of shackers playing?

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      June 3, 2016 12:41 PM

      They should hellban them and make it so they can only join games that are full of nothing but other cheaters. Otherwise they'll just make a new account and start again

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        June 3, 2016 12:41 PM

        Plus it would be lol

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        June 3, 2016 12:47 PM

        One of the articles I read is that a guy got banned 4 times. Once on a different account, and then several attempts at changing hardware ids and such and wiping everything.

        He was probably using the same credit card though

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        June 3, 2016 1:13 PM

        Riot does this with LoL I believe

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        June 3, 2016 1:18 PM

        This would be such an ideal solution. They can't bitch about being unable to play and thus being ripped off, and some of the resulting Youtube videos would be just terrific.

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        June 3, 2016 9:57 PM

        On the flip, I am totally okay with these idiots potentially buying another copy of the game and giving Blizzard an extra 40 bucks each time.

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      June 3, 2016 1:00 PM

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        June 3, 2016 1:18 PM

        Not sure if serious, but yes, it's Blizzard's first new IP in years, and is just great, I mean really terrific.

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          June 3, 2016 1:25 PM

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            June 3, 2016 1:27 PM

            It's Overwatch now.

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            June 3, 2016 2:27 PM

            I still think Starcraft: Ghost would have been an awesome game.

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            June 3, 2016 7:27 PM

            i think it was supposed to be their new mmorpg but that was cancelled, and they made overwatch from leftover assets.

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