The Overwatch forums have been in a flurry the past two days about the use of cheats and hacks in-game. The thread is full of those who say they are 100% positive cheaters are using aimbots and other hacks, and people who say that they have never seen anything resembling a hack in any game.
As a relatively new game, Overwatch has been growing quickly and getting a lot of attention. Luckily, for those who are afraid cheaters might infiltrate the game and ruin the experience for everyone, the company behind it is Blizzard. One would think they would have sophisticated ways of detecting these enhanced gamers, and proper procedures in place to deal with them.
But according to many in the forum thread, Blizzard isn’t doing it right. The post thread, started by Trickstar, is titled, “The amount of aimbotting on PC is unacceptable proof.” The word “proof” is used loosely here, since the thread only has the conjecture of players based on their experiences, and no real proof.
Trickstar alleges that at least 1 out of every 5 games he plays has a player using aimbot hack, a program designed to automatically target opponents to remove the skill component from the game. Often, players pay money for this and other services that can give them an edge in competitive games.
In Overwatch, specifically, Trickstar says that he has witnessed players with inhuman ability, like keeping a cross-hair directly on the head of a Pharah during a rocket jump. WoodLeague seconds the sentiment, saying that almost QP game has a player using some sort of aim-assist, and that the community is totally silent about it.
Daemonn follows up immediately, saying that, at least on the US West Coast, he has yet to see definitive proof of such cheating.
The thread goes back and forth, between players who are sure there are cheaters, and players who have never seen cheaters. If Blizzard is to glean anything from it, it might be from those who are simply asking for simpler ways to provide in-game footage when cheating is suspected, and some sort of feedback on player-generated reports.
Meanwhile, the Overwatch Winter Premiere is looming on the horizon, with a slated start date of January 3rd.