Overwatch was hands down one of the most fun betas I have played in quite some time. I loved how balanced and rewarding the gameplay felt and it is surely set to be one of the most popular games after its release. One thing that always worries fans when a competitive game releases is the unfair advantage that cheaters will gain when they exploit or hack the game. Luckily, Blizzard has always been big on punishing people who think they can gain an unfair advantage. If you think about cheating then think again -- this may be your only warning.
Blizzard Banning Cheaters After ONE Offense!
Cheating can doom any game, but this is especially the case in online, competitive shooters. Shooters take skill, and undermining skill in return for cheating is something that Blizzard is not going to tolerate. In a post on the Battle.Net forums, community manager for Overwatch Lylirra made Blizzard's stance on cheater in Overwatch VERY clear:
If a player is found to be cheating - or using hacks, bots, or third-party software that provides any sort of unfair advantage - that player will be permanently banned from the game. Full stop. 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.
Is The One Offense Ban The Way To Go?
I think that banning someone after their first offense is definitely the way to go for a game like Overwatch. This game has HUGE eSport potential and the reason it's so fun is because the gameplay is so balanced. If you attempt to compromise the integrity of this masterpiece that Blizzard has created you should not be allowed back into the community.
Cheaters always find a way to cheat and they will continue to try and break the game to get a competitive edge. I appreciate Blizzard and their harsh stance. I think protecting their communities is what truly makes them an amazing game company and I couldn't be more excited for Overwatch!