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Overwatch Streamer Dafran Suspended After Using Game Exploit

Published: 30/May/2018 0:34 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 13:01

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch streamer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca was suspended from the game shortly following the use of a gameplay exploit.

Though it’s not entirely clear that the exploit was the cause, the suspension did follow immediately after the game in which it was used.


The exploit in question is a means of reducing the downtime of a death by leaving the game and then immediately re-joining. Rather than sitting through the short cooldown between death and respawn, the process of leaving and re-joining the game can be done faster, allowing a marginal reduction in time out of action.

Obviously it’s the sort of thing that’s only useful in particular scenarios, when seconds or even milliseconds could be the difference between success and failure.


Dafran tried the trick during Anubis, when his team were attempting to defend a single tick on Point A against the enemy attackers.

The team ultimately lost the map, after which Dafran found himself banned before getting into a new game.

It’s not entirely clear what the cause of the one-day suspension was. While it came hot on the heels of what could well be considered a “game exploit” – the sort of thing Blizzard historically hasn’t been keen on – it’s also possible that the timing was coincidental, and the suspension merely a result of reports from players. Dafran had received a warning against his in-game behaviour earlier in the day.


Nevertheless, for those that have used or are considering using this trick, it’s perhaps worth exercising caution, as Blizzard increasingly looks to crack down on any behaviour they disapprove of.


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.