Overwatch player exposes game-breaking win-trading exploit - Dexerto

Overwatch player exposes game-breaking win-trading exploit

Published: 12/Mar/2020 16:27

by Michael Gwilliam


An Overwatch player has sounded the alarm on a massive exploit that could result in many games being ruined by cheaters looking for an easy way to rank up.

In a now-deleted Reddit thread, user qwertyegg posted a video revealing just how easy the exploit was to perform and how it needs to be patched immediately.

The video in question was uploaded by a player named AstroZander. In the description, he claimed to have created the video with the intention to demonstrate how it works and used his own two accounts to showcase the exploit.

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This exploit can ruin entire matches.

What’s extremely worrying is how easy the exploit is to perform and that it almost guarantees win-trading will be successful.

Win-trading is when two players attempt to get matched against each other. One of the players then intentionally throws the game in order for the other to rank up and gain SR.

It’s extremely difficult to win in Overwatch when you’re down a player for a match’s duration. As such, having a thrower on the enemy team pretty much guarantees a win.

As AstroZander showed in the video, you don’t even need another person to assist with making this exploit work. If you have two accounts, you can make it work all by yourself.

“No one else lost SR during the making of this video,” AstroZander wrote as a disclaimer. “I lost 50 by leaving the game early and caused game cancellation.”

He then went on to apologize for wasting the time for everyone who queued up. “Please fix!” he concluded, clearly directing his final words at Blizzard themselves.

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Hopefully the devs iron out a fix quickly.

The post was originally deleted by Overwatch moderators for “a variety of reasons,” but the poster reshared the exploit on OverwatchTMZ – a subreddit all about drama and controversy in the game’s communities.

OverwatchTMZ is known to be frequented by pro players and Blizzard employees themselves so hopefully, the issue is brought to the attention of developers who can fix it before any serious damage is done.


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

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


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.