Blizzard’s Ban Wave Targets Overwatch 2 Console Cheaters
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Blizzard’s Ban Wave Targets Overwatch 2 Console Cheaters

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Overwatch 2 has a massive player base and is widely popular among gamers, but it has been facing challenges with hackers and cheaters. One prevalent form of cheating in the game involves players using a keyboard and mouse setup on consoles to gain unfair advantages, especially with the aim assist feature.

Blizzard has taken decisive action against this issue by preparing to implement a ban wave targeting players who use unauthorized peripherals in Overwatch 2 matches. The community has responded positively to this initiative, as it aims to ensure fairness and balance in the game.

In a recent developer blog post, Senior Game Producer Adam Massey discussed Blizzard's efforts to combat cheaters using keyboards and mice in console matches. The company has been utilizing an XIM detection system to gather data and detect such players, especially those in the higher ranks of the game.

After analyzing the data and improving their detection software, Blizzard plans to implement stricter measures in Season 11. Players caught using unauthorized peripherals will face a one-week ban from Competitive play, with access only to Quick Play without aim assist during this period.

If offenders stop using unauthorized peripherals, their bans will be lifted. However, persistent offenders will not only be barred from Competitive play but also matched with other keyboard and mouse users in Quick Play for the entire season without aim assist. Despite these consequences, players are hopeful about a revitalization of the Overwatch 2 community on consoles.

While the effectiveness of this ban wave remains to be seen, both players and Blizzard are optimistic that it will lead to a more equitable and fair gaming experience for all console players in the future.


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