Overwatch has never been a production in which the community somehow excessively complained about cheaters. And yet, Blizzard is actively banning quite a few of them.
Overwatch has never joined the production family where cheaters are the absolute norm. Everyone got used to cheaters in COD Warzone or CS: GO. That’s why many people may be surprised to see the latest Blizzard announcement.
The community manager announced on the official forum that another wave of bans had just appeared, which excluded several thousand accounts from the community. But that’s not all, Blizzard was supposed to actively ban cheaters before.
How many accounts have been banned since May 2021?
In May 2021, it was confirmed that more than 10,000 players were banned.
Now a new message has appeared on the official forum, according to which more than 24,000 accounts have been banned since May. As if that was not enough, on August 25 (the day of the release) another 18,000 accounts said goodbye to Overwatch.
So even assuming that these were the only blockades this year, a total of 52,000 accounts were banned, using software that did not comply with the rules of the game.
Is it a lot or a little? It depends on what reference point you take. For example, in CS: GO there were months this year where over 20,000 accounts were banned. It is known, however, that the problem with cheaters there is huge, and there are definitely more players on the servers themselves.
Buying cheats for Overwatch is not that hard. The question is whether it will come to a point where Blizzard will have to follow in Riot’s footsteps and instead of chasing cheaters, they’ll simply have to eliminate cheat developers.