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Overwatch replay hack could expose cheaters in unexpected way

Published: 6/Mar/2020 23:43

by Bill Cooney

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Players have revealed a hack that could make it easier to tell when someone is using cheats in Overwatch.

Watching a replay through the point of view of a suspected cheater has been the most common way players have tried to fight hackers in Overwatch, and there’s one hack that becomes a dead giveaway in replay mode.

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User ‘J-Hack’ on Reddit pointed out the strange effect this hack had when they attempted to watch a replay of a suspected cheater. It seems that, whenever the hack was activated, the camera would switch to the POV another player.

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The player in question is the Widowmaker: Whenever they line up their crosshairs to take a shot, the camera switches to another player’s POV.

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J-Hack called it a “new” cheat, but Overwatch cheat expert ‘OWPD’ replied and said the POV changes in replay were intentional, and it was using tech that wasn’t new.

“This tech is not something special at all just a flex really saying, ‘Hi, I can do this,'” OWPD explained, before showing how it can be used to switch your POV.

You would think that this hack, which makes it painfully obvious when someone is cheating, would make it easier for Blizzard to weed such users out – but so far, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Overwatch did introduce the ability to share replays on social media and with other players in a recent patch, but even if you send a replay to Blizzard, it’s still up to them to take action.

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It seems like hackers are only getting more creative in Overwatch.

There is some hope that the new replay-sharing feature will help make cheating and hacking harder to pull off consistently in Overwatch, but it’s too soon to tell whether or not the new system is working or not.

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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