When are people ever going to learn? Cheating in anything is bad, and yet, people still do it. Can they not help it? Do they not even care? These are the questions, ladies and gentlemen, that will be asked and never answered. People who may want answers are the 22,000 people in South Korea, who got banned from Overwatch by Blizzard because they cheated on their accounts.
To put this in context, Blizzard revealed in the middle of last month that there was going to be 10,000 bans from South Korea. Which means, in the course of about 15 days, 12,000+ players were added to that ban.
So, what are the crimes? Well, it’s complicated. First off, it likely wasn’t 22,000 people who got banned, but that was the amount of accounts, confused? South Korea is full of computer cafes, called PC bang, that allow players to play games like Overwatch by the hour, and thus not be connected to a single IP address. This gives them “freedom” to use whatever third-party programs they want, because just as quickly an account is banned, a new one can be created.
One of the main problems Blizzard is fighting here is called “nuking.” Basically, it’s a program that floods a players IP address in such a way that the game becomes unplayable, which can make it easy to get a win for the other side. Blizzard is cracking down hard on this, and assures Overwatch players that they’re working on fixing this permanently, but until they do, this will likely continue to be a problem.
In the meantime, Blizzard asks that you continue to report possible cheaters to them. Every little bit helps.