Defense Matrix activated! Here’s the latest update on the Overwatch 2 reporting system that wants to prevent Lifeweaver griefing.

Over 100,000 Overwatch 2 accounts have been penalized for cheating, and the majority of these cases resulted in permanent bans. Additionally, Overwatch 2 confirmed ban waves of up to 5,000 accounts per week. Read on for details.

The Defense Matrix initiative in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
The Defense Matrix initiative in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 ban waves and cheating

Defense Matrix, which is the Overwatch 2 system that fights disruptive behaviors, banned over 100,000 accounts worldwide since the launch of the game. According to the game's latest Defense Matrix update, some of the cheats involved aimbots and wallhacks. Blizzard noted that the system often banned up to 5,000 accounts per week in an effort to stop cheaters as well.

"We also recently issued a significant ban wave targeting popular and [widely-used] hacks," Blizzard added. "We’ve also taken steps to directly confront unauthorized hacks and prevent them from ever being used in Overwatch 2."

These efforts to stop Overwatch 2 cheats are ongoing.

Defense Matrix prevents Lifeweaver griefing

Meanwhile, Blizzard stated that they will keep a close eye on Lifeweaver players when the support hero enters Competitive play next week. While Lifeweaver's Life Grip ability can save allies, it can intentionally disrupt gameplay as well.

"We’ve already taken key steps to prevent Lifeweaver’s Life Grip from effectively pulling allies into pitfalls, and we’ll be keeping a close eye to make sure any of his abilities are not used to grief allies," Blizzard stated. "If you encounter anyone using any heroes' abilities to deliberately disrupt your game, you should report them as soon as possible."

Overwatch 2 aims to prevent Lifeweaver griefing (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2 aims to prevent Lifeweaver griefing (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 reporting

The Defense Matrix update noted that reporting matters in the game. The update then acknowledged a now-fixed bug that prevented notifications about whether reports had an impact.

It's also now easier to file a report, according to Blizzard. Simply identify one of four major categories, select the specific reason, and provide some additional information.

Lifeweaver is the game's newest support hero (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Lifeweaver is the game's newest support hero (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Moreover, in the previous Defense Matrix update, Overwatch 2 introduced streamer protection features. Now, the system is exploring other features like the ability to hide BattleTags from people in a lobby.

As for voice chat updates, Blizzard said they're happy with the results and will include more languages and regions in the future.

That's all for now. Stay tuned on esports.gg for more Overwatch 2 news and updates.