Blizzard thinks it has a good way to prevent Overwatch cheaters from wrecking the matches for other people. The idea is to bring those matches to a halt. As part of a developer update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that Blizzard will automatically shut down matches when it detects cheating.
We don’t know how the studio will catch this cheating, but it’s promising that only the cheater will face “very harsh actions.” You won’t lose the SR points from a competitive match just because a bad apple joined your team and forced an abrupt ending to a game.
Kaplan says that the feature is active on PTR (Public Test Realm) servers, but he didn’t say when we can expect this to hit the general release.
If it turns out to be effective, this could be the answer to cheaters that they have been looking for. It might not help much if it only flags some sketchy players, or if cheaters manage to stay one step ahead through bots. If it works as promised, though, it could make cheating not worth it for players. There’s not much point to cheating if you can’t finish a match and then win right?
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