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Dafran uses Overwatch Replay system to expose cheater

Published: 12/Jul/2019 20:11 Updated: 12/Jul/2019 20:21

by Bill Cooney


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

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.

The Overwatch LeagueDafran probably didn’t run into too many cheaters while playing in the Overwatch League.

“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.

“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.

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.”


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.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.