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Overwatch: Jeff Kaplan explains brand new anti-cheat system in PTR

Published: 11/Jul/2019 22:19 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 22:57

by Alan Bernal

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The Overwatch Director himself delivered official word of a cheat detection system on June 11 that might finally put to bed the cheaters that have been plaguing the Blizzard servers for a long time.

Overwatch has been an incredibly popular shooter since its initial launch all the way back on May 24, 2016, and its fan base have been exposed to the will of various hackers up until now.

However, players in the Public Test Region (PTR) have been noticing a more than welcomed addition to the line of pop-up notifications the game gives, and it looks like Blizzard is working on making it better.

BlizzardHopefully the only hacker left in the game will be Sombra.

Anti-cheat in Overwatch coming soon

In the latest Developer Update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan revealed what their optimized anti-cheat system will have in store for hacker and players alike as it rolls through to the live servers.

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

Now that the Overwatch developers have an “improved detection for cheating” they will be able to stop matches, hopefully before the hackers’ do their damage in tilting the rest of the players on the server.

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Furthermore, a game that’s been shutdown won’t have any affect on players’ SR whether the cheater is on your team or the other squad.

Meanwhile, Kaplan says that “very harsh actions are happening” for players found to be hacking through Blizzard’s new cheat detection system.

BlizzardThe new cheat detection in Overwatch should bring brighter days to the game’s servers.

Have players been banned in Overwatch so far?

Even though the anti-cheat system came to the Overwatch PTR after the June 24 and 27 updates, players have already been getting the ban hammer due to the new feature.

Throughout the community, players have been seeing a rise in disrupted games because of Blizzard’s new anti-cheat detection.

While it’s still a work-in-progress, the system has already been cleaning up the servers of cheaters but it still remains to be seen how effective it’ll be as it goes up against the entire network of Overwatch players who are hacking.

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Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.