Blizzard is changing Battle.net accounts in Korea to combat Overwatch cheating

    
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The business model for Overwatch in Korea is very different than it is here in the USA, which means that there will be at least one person looking at it with longing. After all, there’s something seductive about the idea of not having to buy the game to play, just buying time on a PC in a gaming cafe and making a free account right there. Of course, the result is that the game’s Korean servers are like the wild west, as players can easily make disposable accounts for hacking antics that thoroughly demolish the game’s rules.

It’s like the wild west insofar as it’s a lawless wasteland, that is. The actual wild west featured very few teleporting robots, aimbotting purple French women, or invulnerable British lesbians who could teleport.

In response, Blizzard is changing how the account setups work starting on February 17th, requiring a permanent Battle.net account to log in and play even at a gaming cafe. The hope is that players who hack the game and get banned will then find themselves unable to create further free accounts to harass people who want prefer a version of the game not filled with hacks and nonsense. If you’re reading this while haunting the cafe and hacking your way through the game, know that your days are limited.

Source: Kotaku
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Sally Bowls

I disagree with some of the article – how do you know they weren’t “invulnerable British lesbians who could teleport”??????????? C’mon, if I were an invulnerable British lesbian who could teleport, I assure you that you would never see me: because I could teleport and you are you and I am I and I can teleport.

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Oyjord Hansen

Dammit, this is what happens when you take videogames, initially meant to entertain, and turn them into money-making business ventures.

Be it Chinese gold farmers or cheating Korean OW players, videogames are on their way to being ruined because of corporate greed.

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Slaasher

LOL video games have always been money making business ventures. Never have they not been.

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Oyjord Hansen

You misunderstand me. No shit for the creators they’re money-making ventures. But for the players they have been, until recently, just for fun.

Now that players are making money playing games and selling goods in games…the end is neigh.

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smulb

what? you think the creators aren’t in league with the chinese gold farmers? that’s just naive.

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johnwillo

I’d love to see a “Play of the Game” with live footage of a cheater at the moment that he or she realizes that the ban hammer has fallen on them.

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Xijit

Question: what would keep cheaters from just starting a new B-net account?

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Armsbend

I’m assuming developers charge cafes much like pay per view here. So they have control over licensing.

Maybe they enforce it by telling the cafes what they can do? ID people and what not? idk.

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traja

Apparently you need a Korean social security number to make a new account. The number obviously gets banned along with the account. It’s been a common practice over there for a while now in other online games, and there are ways around it. Blizzard will still need to be quick with banning to make this work.

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McGuffn

Ways around it like stealing your grandma’s social security number?

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Dobablo

“The actual wild west featured very few teleporting robots…”

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Dobablo

Article disproven. Documentary footage that they don’t want you to see confirms the existence of teleporting robots in the Wild West.

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Bryan Correll

Aw, I was gonna post that.

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Armsbend

“After all, there’s something seductive about the idea of not having to buy the game to play”

I cannot think of anything less seductive than an internet cafe.

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deekay_000

you’re obviously browsing the wrong porn sites then ;)

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Lord Omedon

The world could always use more invulnerable British lesbians who can teleport!