Attention, 'Overwatch' Players: Don't Abuse Mei's Ice Wall Cheat Or You'll Be Punished

6 January 2017, 1:09 am EST By Carl Velasco Tech Times
Blizzard has now acknowledged the growing problem of cheaters on "Overwatch." The developers are now currently trying to find a fix, while also promising that cheating players won’t get away with it.  ( Blizzard Entertainment )

Blizzard is not taking exploiters of Mei's Ice Wall cheat in Overwatch too kindly, staunchly warning said cheaters with a threat of punishment should they continue to take advantage of the bug.

Overwatch Exploit

An Overwatch exploit has been polluting the game's 3v3 mode for weeks now, angering numerous players who only want a fair game. The exploit renders players invincible and allows them to get outside levels, to those uninitiated. Naturally, the underhanded maneuvers have vexed other non-cheating players, causing them to grow upset, while lashing out at Blizzard's apparent lack of word about the situation.

Luckily, the developers have now acknowledged the ill behavior and promised to fix the bug soon.

Blizzard Has Vowed To Action Against Overwatch Cheaters

"This bug is clearly an exploit and we consider this cheating. Do not attempt to reproduce this bug." said Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch's game director. "We will be taking action against those who abused this exploit... We take aggressive action against people who abuse game mechanics, hack or cheat. This case is no different."

Kaplan says that Blizzard will first try to track down the exploit and subsequently punish the people who have been found to take advantage of it. Kaplan says that while Blizzard has found a fix, there's still a chance that it could be ineffective.

"[T]here is always the chance that our fix could fail," says Kaplan.

The exploit was particularly "tricky for [Blizzard] to track down," according to Kaplan, which is why it was able to balloon into a more pressing concern. Cheating Overwatch players have been warned: those who have basically run amok during 3v3 and have disrespected players who want to battle fairly will not get away with it.

For now, Kaplan only has an apology to offer, apart from prospects of a fix, assuaging players who have grown irate over the length of the whole process.

"Apologies that this bug lingered for as long as it did," he said, hoping that the bug soon dissipates, and for those who abused the bug to dissipate with it. Glitches are what makes a noxius environment for a game that depends largely on combat, and it's good on Blizzard to have finally acknowledge it, at least.

Overwatch In 2017

Overwatch's issues aside, the team-based shooter has garnered rave acclaim since its release early last year. It was hailed the most profitable paid PC game in 2016, and players still haven't exhausted the game's lifespan. It simply gets more compelling as it ages, and its future is still looking bright. Blizzard has quite a lot in store for the game this year, including brand new maps, new heroes, and more peripheral improvements such as custom communication options, and a game server browser.

Overwatch is available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Players can choose from Overwatch's array of heroes to play as in different game modes. The game has been raved about in eSports circles because of its inherently competitive nature, a field Blizzard is more than glad to help spur growth further. As a testament to this, the company has already announced plans for an upcoming league geared for professional Overwatch players.

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