Overwatch 2 bans over 250,000 accounts for cheating
“Cheaters are never fun to play with, and we have a zero-tolerance policy toward cheating and botting in Overwatch 2.”
Overwatch 2 has banned over 250,000 accounts for cheating, according to an official post about the game's Defense Matrix initiative. Read on for details.
Over 250,000 Overwatch 2 cheaters banned
Since Overwatch 2's launch, the game has detected and banned over 250,000 accounts for cheating. According to Blizzard, Overwatch 2 is always refining its anti-cheat and prevention systems to prevent botting and unfair gameplay. Reports help with figuring out if there are any cheaters or new cheat programs to look out for as well.
"Cheaters are never fun to play with, and we have a zero-tolerance policy toward cheating and botting in Overwatch 2," Blizzard stated in the Defense Matrix update.
Additionally, players who group up with cheaters will continue to get suspended and banned. Since the regional tests for this were successful, Blizzard will expand this to new regions worldwide.
Overwatch 2 on text chat, voice chat, and names
The Defense Matrix initiative made efforts to improve text chat and voice chat as well. While text chat removed the unfiltered option from the social menu, technology for voice chat that prevents disruptive behavior will continue rolling out worldwide.
Blizzard is also cracking down on inappropriately-named custom games and usernames. To help with this, new accounts must play up to 25 unranked or arcade games before they can name custom games.
What is the Defense Matrix initiative?
In Overwatch 2, Defense Matrix is one of D.Va's abilities that eats projectiles. In this context, however, it's an effort to make the game a fair and positive experience. The Defense Matrix initiative's goal is to negate cheating, griefing, and disruptive chat.
"These efforts are the product of a dedicated task force of developers, researchers, and community experts, all working to improve our existing systems while finding new ways to counter disruptive behaviors," Blizzard explained.
That's all for now. Stay tuned on esports.gg for more Overwatch 2 news and updates.