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Blizzard bans more than 1,400 South Korean Overwatch accounts

Published: 15/Oct/2018 19:18 Updated: 15/Oct/2018 21:01

by Bill Cooney


Blizzard, the company behind Overwatch, has banned more than 1,400 South Korean accounts in the game following the end of Season 12 of competitive play.

The company suspended a total of 1,423 accounts for account sharing during competitive season 12, according to a post on the Korean Overwatch forum.

A representative from Blizzard tagged every account that was banned in Season 12 in the post, just like they’ve done for mass-bans in the past.

The representative wrote that “Blizzard Entertainment is committed to creating a fair and positive game environment for our players,” before listing the usernames of banned accounts and the reason for the ban.

Blizzard’s End User License agreement states that players “cannot share the Account or the Login Information with anyone,” and notes that players are fully responsible for any activity that breaks the rules on their accounts.

It’s not clear if all of the suspensions are permanent though, as Blizzard only specified which accounts were banned and for what reason, they didn’t list the punishment in the post.

The company has handed out bans that were non-permanent or proportional to the extent of the violation in the past, so a lot of these accounts could be back after a while.

This kind of public banning display is familiar to South Koreans, who are used to seeing account names and reasons for bans published in the open. 

Back in January, Blizzard banned more than 22,000 accounts for cheating, boosting, account sharing and more, smaller infractions.


Simple Overwatch trick lets any hero reach King’s Row high ground

Published: 26/Oct/2020 23:34

by Bill Cooney


A surprisingly simple Overwatch trick is making the rounds that lets any hero in the game reach the high ground of the King’s Row attacking spawn.

King’s Row might be one of the original Overwatch maps, but it has definitely stood the test of time and is still one of players’ favorites when it comes up in the queue.

One of the most popular features on the map is the little sniper’s nest platform located at the very top of the first attacking spawn that gives a commanding view of everything up to the capture point.

It seems like only heroes with movement abilities like Pharah, Widow, or D.Va for example could get up there, but there is a way to get any hero in the game up to the position as well.

King's Row Attacking spawnThe sniper’s nest has been there since day one, but not every hero has been able to get up there, until now.

The person we have to thank for this technique is Reddit user jordensmet who somehow discovered that you can use a more mobile character to reach the space, then quickly change to another.

First, they select Baptiste and use his Exo Boots to boost up to the second-highest level, just under the top platform. Once there, they position themselves on top of the scaffolding in front of the main exit and jump again while barely touching the spawn room.

If you pull up the Hero Select menu at the right time, you’ll be able to switch to any hero you like. So if you’ve never had the chance to try out Ana, McCree, or whoever else from on high, now’s your chance.

I found a way to get the highground on the attacking side of King’s row for Ana (or other characters that usually can’t get there). from Overwatch

For instance, if you really want to catch an aggressive enemy team off-guard, why not take Reinhardt for a spin and hit them with a charge from the very top rope. For those wondering, yes, a Rein charge out of the top window will get you all the way to Mondatta’s statue, so make sure your team is ready to push!

One final note to add is that doesn’t necessarily have to be Baptiste that you use for this trick either, Echo and Pharah would both work, and if you’re really fast and in need of a challenge, you can even get it to go with Sombra’s Translocator as long as your timing is absolutely perfect.