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Overwatch • Jul 12, 2019

Dafran uses Overwatch Replay system to expose cheater

Dafran uses Overwatch Replay system to expose cheater
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Overwatch streamer and former pro player Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca used the new Replay system to catch a player who was apparently cheating red-handed.

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Cheating has been a problem in Overwatch since day one but the recently introduced Replay system gives players a great tool for identifying and documenting cheaters - hopefully so Blizzard will do something about it.

So when dafran thought something seemed fishy with the enemy McCree during a Competitive match, he decided to do some investigating with the Replay feature.

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Dafran probably didn't run into too many cheaters while playing in the Overwatch League.

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“Wait. That’s illegal”

Dafran has obviously spent a lot of time playing Overwatch, so he probably has an easier time spotting hackers and cheaters than most other players, but the Replay system makes it easy to see what he’s talking about.

Watching the game from McCree’s perspective with dafran, it’s not hard to see why they’re under suspicion - as they’re aiming for the Roadhog, suddenly they snap up unnaturally quickly to take out the streamer.

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“He never flicked in his life this match, never,” dafran explained while watching the replay. “He’s aiming at the Roadhog, look at this, aiming at the Roadhog,” before the McCree flicks up and deletes dafran’s Tracer.

“This is in x0.25 speed and it’s a perfect flick and it’s even tracking, look, it’s even tracking,” the streamer said, amazed at the audacity. “It’s flicking and tracking, It’s cheating.”

Dafran did eliminate the questionable McCree with his Pulse Bomb as a consolation prize, but being eliminated by someone who probably isn’t playing fair always stings.

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New anti-cheat in Overwatch?

Jeff Kaplan confirmed Overwatch was implementing new anti-cheat measures in the July 11 Developer Update that would automatically end matches where cheating was detected.

“We will automatically shut down a match where we detect cheating is happening,” Kaplan explained. “And we will make sure that nobody on either side of the match is penalized for that match being shut down.”

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That obviously didn’t happen in dafran’s match because the feature is still on the PTR, but at least players know that Blizzard is actively doing something to combat cheating in Overwatch.

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