Overwatch 2 will start banning people who associate with cheaters
Blizzard announced on February 1st update blog that it’s taking a new, more aggressive approach surveillance 2 cheat. The developer will no longer just ban scammers themselves — although it already boasts of “deleting over 50,000 accounts we’ve been scamming since the launch of surveillance 2‘ – but also anyone who plays with a cheater.
“We want to eliminate any incentive to exploit cheating, including grouping with anyone who uses cheats and hacks,” Blizzard said. “Starting in Season 3, we will identify players willing to regularly team up with those reported for cheats, and they will also face account action even if they don’t use cheats themselves.”
Blizzard has explained how it would identify accounts “that knowingly collude with scammers,” but it listed a possible punishment. Usually Blizzard says, surveillance 2 Scammers are immediately permanently banned, no questions asked and no time to ask for forgiveness. Since the accounts that Blizzard is now targeting are not perpetrators themselves, but accomplices, they have more leeway.
“We will issue severe suspensions, and in extreme cases even bans, to individuals who collude with known fraudsters,” Blizzard said. OK, so not much wiggle room. kotaku asked for comment but was not heard in time for publication.
In addition to these stricter cheating regulations, Blizzard also writes that it will continue to address in-game harassment via voice and text chat using speech-to-text transcription and “AI learning algorithms.”
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“We began rolling out this new technology in select regions starting in Season 2 and it has proven to be exceptionally accurate and effective in identifying abusive chat and language,” Blizzard said. “We’ve already started stopping disruptive players with appropriate chat mutes and account bans as needed.”
There are also plans to remove “inappropriate” custom games, such as the grotesque “sexual harassment simulator” which shut down in January, and putting up a barrier to stream sniping (when someone watches your game stream for inside information on how to beat you) by offering the option to hide BattleTags.
“This will prevent those watching this player’s live stream from knowing if they are in the same lobby,” Blizzard says. Players can also now hide or postpone current queue times and hide replay codes. It’s all in the name of honesty.
https://kotaku.com/overwatch-2-defense-matrix-update-cheating-account-ban-1850070563 Overwatch 2 will start banning people who associate with cheaters