Almost since the dawn of the video game industry, there have been those who want to cheat the system in order to boost themselves up in some fashion, cheat codes from the dev not withstanding of course. That’s legal. But sometimes players go really far to cheat. With the modern age of gaming comes new and innovative ways to cheat, like making custom programs to give yourself boosts, or using code to hurt other players internet connections. This happens a lot in games like Overwatch. But then, some practices are a bit more of a grey area.
In games such as Overwatch, there are players who have multiple accounts on one system/game. This strikes players as odd. Since you can play as any character you want in Overwatch, why would you need a second account? Well, there were some players who like the idea of starting over with the experience they have and seeing how well they do. Others though see potential for cheating via these accounts, including seeing people throw games in order to “fake” their ranking so they can dominate not as skilled players for the heck of it.
On Battle.net, this got called into question, and many wondered what Blizzard had to say about it.
Well, after some inner debate, Blizzard did answer via Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan, who noted:
“Having a second account you play on is fine. New accounts very rapidly adjust to play at the proper skill level. Doing anything to manipulate your internal MMR or Skill Rating (i.e. Boosting or Throwing) is not fine.”
Kaplan went on to say that the penalties for doing such things as boosting your rank illegally or throwing matches were going to be much higher in the near future. He also advises anyone who sees this in-game to report it. For those on consoles, the reporting feature is coming soon according to Kaplan, they’re just not finished with that version yet.