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Hefty Fines and Sentences for Overwatch Hackers as Arrests Continue

Published: 2/May/2018 11:21 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:07

by Ross Deason


A number of Overwatch hackers that were arrested in January of 2018 have discovered their fate following court proceedings.

Overwatch is one of the most popular games on Earth but it is dealing with many of the same issues that over top games, particularly first person shooters, suffer from.


Cheaters are a plague on virtually any online PC game, and Overwatch is no different to other titles that struggle with them like CS:GO or PUBG. However, if you’re in South Korea and you decide to hack you could find yourself in serious trouble.

In January a total of 13 hackers and match-fixers were arrested by the South Korean government and the first “official rulings”, against a cheat coder, shows that the crime is taken seriously.


The hack creator has been given two years of probation while another one of the arestees has received a hefty 10 million South Korean Won fine, which amounts to around $10,000, according to an official announcement by Blizzard.

The Seoul National Police Agency Cyber Security Department and Blizzard have been working together to tackle the rampant cheating and match-fixing issue since January 2017 and these sentences show that the mission is bearing fruit.

Even pros like OGE have been caught boosting. Credit: Overwatch League/Twitch

South Korea has some of the strictest laws when it comes to online conduct, particularly in video games, and South Korean authorities have made headlines on a number of occasions in the past when tackling match-fixing scandals in StarCraft.


Unfortunately the ongoing war on cheaters and fixers, even with these stricter penalties, doesn’t seem to be scaring people off as even some professional players have received bans for boosting.

Dallas Fuel’s Son ‘OGE’ Min-seok received a four game ban for boosting and Philadelphia Fusion’s Kim ‘Sado’ Su-min has been slammed with a 30 game ban for an ongoing account boosting scheme.


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.