Blizzard vows to go hard on Overwatch cheaters

May 13, 2016 by Kris Ligman

Following the close of its successful open beta, Blizzard says it will permanently ban cheating Overwatch players.

Overwatch's open beta closed earlier this week with a much higher number of players than expected. That's good news for Blizzard's new multiplayer shooter, which releases later this month. But in the meantime, Blizzard's community team has reminded players that the company won't tolerate cheating when Overwatch goes live.

In a forum post on Blizzard's, community manager Stephanie "Lylirra" Johnson informed players that they would be taking a hard line on cheaters, permanently ousting players they believe have violated the game's rules -- either by third party cheating software or by exploiting known bugs.

"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," said Johnson. "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."

Overwatch players will be able to report cheaters using one of two methods, either by email or through an in-game report function. In-game recorded footage will be used as part of -- but not the extent of -- how Blizzard's community team assesses cheating.

"It's important to note that while video evidence from killcams, Plays of the Game, Highlights, and other community captured footage can be very helpful, we will never use it alone to verify whether or not cheating is taking place," said Johnson. "We encourage players to play nice, play fair and avoid publicly accusing individuals of cheating whenever possible and instead use the reporting methods [detailed in the post]."

Overwatch launches officially on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 24th.