Online games often have a lot in common. One of those commonalities is that there are cheaters, and that nobody wants them. Overwatch boss Jeff Kaplan spoke about their approach to halting cheating in Overwatch’s July 2019 developer update. Among other changes, he said that his team has developed “improved detection” when it comes to Overwatch cheaters. There are plans being implemented to squash the cheaters as they pop up. He said, “Now we will automatically shut down a match where we detect cheating is happening.”
You may be thinking, “Oh no! What about my game? Will I lose my rank because someone was cheating?” Short answer: no. Kaplan specifically said, “We will make sure that nobody on either side of the match is penalised for that match being shut down. So, if you’re in a competitive match, you won’t lose SR if a cheater’s on the other team or a cheater’s on your team, and very harsh actions are happening against that cheater, you can be assured.” While he did not elaborate on how this detection works, he did call it “the next evolution of cheat detection.”
Of course, we would not want him to tells us how it works or how to get around it. Stuff like this is best kept close to the chest. Cheaters, you have been warned. Kaplan is coming after you. You won’t know when, you won’t know how, but it will hurt, and you will cry. Jeff Kaplan also spoke of the upcoming Overwatch Summer Games event. He also said that the “Hero 31” is coming, but “he” will be joining the game a little later. He, huh?
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