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South Korean Overwatch Hack Developer Receives One-Year Prison Sentence

Published: 25/Jun/2018 18:01 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Joe O'Brien

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A South Korean Overwatch hack developer has been sentenced to prison time for distributing illegal software.

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to one year in prison and two years’ probation for selling Overwatch hacks, violating the Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law.

According to South Korean media outlet SBS News, the hacker reportedly made 200 million won – nearly $180,000 – from selling hacks for the game.

The man is one of thirteen Overwatch hackers and match-fixers arrested in January. Two others have already been sentenced, with one receiving two years’ probation and the other a 10 million won fine. This most recent sentence is the most severe due to the extent of the hack distribution. The remaining ten are still awaiting sentencing.

Blizzard has been working with the Seoul National Police Agency to help catch hack developers, but it’s not just hackers they’re cracking down on. Blizzard has also been going to great lengths to limit all forms of bad behaviour in-game and encourage a positive environment, with a variety of in-game systems designed to do just that.

As well as attempting to catch and punish players for bad behaviour – everything from hacking to in-game “toxicity” – Blizzard is also now attempting positive encouragement for good behaviour, with a new system of “endorsements” that is currently being tested on the PTR.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.