Blizzard is putting its foot down on the use of “unauthorized third-party applications” in its popular competitive shooter Overwatch, according to a recent post on GamesIndustry.biz. Announced in an official post by Overwatch Community Manager Tom Powers, the crackdown is targeting “any third-party application that impedes on the competitive integrity in Overwatch.”
“For example,” Powers continues, “a third-party application that offers users information such as enemy position, enemy health, enemy ability usage, or Ultimate readiness creates an uneven playing field for every other player in the map.” Although Blizzard’s typical stance is to provide instant permabans to players using any sort of hacks or bots, Powers states that the studio is currently “reaching out to users that [it has] detected to be using this unauthorized software” and “requesting those users to immediately remove the unauthorized software to avoid account suspension.”
Meanwhile, your friend Jeff from the Overwatch team (<3) has posted a developer update on the Torbjörn overhaul! It’s not drastic, but armor packs and the scrap system are goners. Check it out:
Build 'em up, break 'em down.
Game Director Jeff Kaplan discusses Torbjörn's new abilities, additional hero updates, colorblind customization, and more!
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