‘Overwatch’ Matches With Cheaters In Will Now Shut Down Automatically
Overwatch's director Jeff Kaplan announced the new system in the game's July Update video, saying "We will automatically shut down a match where we detect cheating is happening". Now, while this will be annoying if you're playing, to find the match just self-destruct, Kaplan is keen to point out that Blizzard will "make sure that nobody on either side of the match is penalised for that match being shut down". So, even if your team has the cheater on you won't find yourself barred from joining another game immediately.
The main gain of this system is that no one is having their skill rating boosted or hit by players who cheat. Instead, the game with the cheater will be a blip that doesn't appear on your record.
This is certainly an improvement on other systems, where you have to play through a game which is being ruined by a cheater and you can either quit, facing a possible penalty for leaving your teammates behind, or stick around and have a dull game as a result.
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The cheater, however, will not get off as lightly. "Very harsh actions are being taken against that cheater, you can be assured," Kaplan says. I'm hoping it's something along the lines of an actual airlock, blasting the cheaters out into a vacuum where they burst like spots.
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