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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


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.


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.