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Overwatch perma-bans really are permanent

Don't try to cheat at Overwatch.


Overwatch perma-bans really are permanent

Developers always say they're taking a hard stance against cheating but that doesn't seem to stop games being filled with hacks and rubbish of all sorts.

Overwatch is one that seems to be proving an exception - so far. PC Gamer spent some time digging up conversations on forums and found that cheaters are having a difficult time evading Blizzard's hammer.

"Got banned one day after the official release," one cheater recounted. "Bought the game again... didn't hack on it at all, just wanted to enjoy the game a bit. Two days later — banned again.

"Bought the game... again. But before doing that, I deleted Overwatch and launcher completely. Enjoyed it again without cheating only for a day."

Even after purchasing the game a fourth time and playing behind a VPN with a new hard drive ID, MAC address and BiosDate, the cheater was banned once more.

Lessons learned? If you get caught cheating, you're absolutely out, forever. Blizzard has responded to contrite messages from banned cheaters with a firm stance, saying decisions will not be overturned.

It's likely hackers will update their tools and get around Blizzard's defences eventually, but at present the arms race is favouring fair play. Good show! Now if only we could ban those randos who think three widowmakers is a good team composition. Probably asking too much.

Feel the need to cheat? Maybe our Overwatch guide will help you learn how to play fair.

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Brenna Hillier


Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.