Overwatch wasn’t been present in the world of eSports industry for a long when first cheaters appeared. Since then, Blizzard has had to struggle with those players. They’ve been looking for the appropriate punishment for the cheaters. According to the company, they might have finally found the right punishments for boosters and those players who throw matches.
The issue of cheating in the eSports competitions has been a very big problem. Some of the biggest names in the industry have attempted to deal with this issue, and no matter how severe punishments got, cheaters always found a new way to cheat. Often, these attempts are almost impossible to detect in many games, and Overwatch is no exception.
Boosting has been one of the most recent problems when it comes to Overwatch players who cheat in their matches. In fact, it has become so present in the world of Overwatch that even Jeff Kaplan talked about it. During one interview he said that they devoted the entire developing sector of the game to finding the cheaters and the ways that would prevent those players from repeating their offenses.
In the same interview, he also said that the punishment for those players will become much more severe than in any other competition in the eSports industry. According to that interview, developers in Blizzard are very close to finding the right solution for this problem.
Jeff Kaplan has also emphasized the role of other players in this problem. He encouraged all players to report these issues to help the company solve the problem and punish the players who used forbidden means to gain an advantage. For now, only PC Overwatch allows reporting, but Kaplan said that the option of reporting will be available for the console version of the game as well.
Another big problem, not only in Overwatch, but also in other eSports competition, is the problem of purposely losing matches. Issues of boosting and throwing matches are actually interconnected as better ranked players need to drop matches in order for lower rank players to gain better ranks and vice versa.
The issue of punishment for boosting and throwing matches and all other ways of cheating in competitive play has stepped out of the frames of companies that run those competitions a long time ago. Several countries in the world are currently thinking about passing a law that would make boosting, throwing matches, and all other ways of cheating illegal.
Making eSports Cheating Illegal?
Out of those countries, South Korea seems to be the most persistent. The government officials have stated that they are currently working on a new law. This will make these kinds of actions illegal.
The law would impose punishments on those who commit these actions. There will be different types of punishments, ranging from financial fines to jail time. Considering everything that happened in Overwatch lately, it seems that Blizzard will be a great proponent of that law.