Permanently Banning Overwatch Cheaters Is The Correct Punishment
Bizarrely, there’s a growing number of people willing to defend cheaters in video games. Blizzard’s life time bans for those who cheat are being labelled as ‘harsh’. This is something I struggle to understand, a life time ban is a perfectly good punishment for a number of reasons.
Overwatch is a multiplayer shooter, the core content is player versus player. When someone purchases the game with their money, the level of value is determined by the enjoyment they get from playing the game. If another player decides to cheat, gaining a unfair advantage and ruining people’s experiences, they’re also robbing people of the game they paid for.
It’s a persons time and money coming at the cost of a cheater. They’re not just simply affecting their time with the game, they’re effecting everyone else’s. It’s selfish at the very least, borderline arrogant. Giving cheaters a life time ban is the response needed. There’s a lot of effort that goes to cheating in most games. It’s rarely done by mistake on PC, there’s no excuse for consoles.
These people are happy to stop others from enjoying something they’ve paid for. It’s like going to the cinema and one person decides to talk on their phone, listen to music or jump around in front of the screen. You’ve all paid to be there, but there’s one person doing their best to willingly ruin the experience. Solution? You get get rid of them, ban them, goodbye.
Blizzard have been known for dishing out punishments on a somewhat regular basis. World of Warcraft saw full guilds permanently banned for exploiting bugs in high end raids. ‘Botters’ (those who used 3rd party software like WoW glider) were regularly permanently banned. Pretty much every Blizzard title released has seen players permanently banned. Overwatch is no different, seemingly shocking the console player base.
Permanent bans should be welcomed and celebrated. Finally, a game on the consoles that will take tolerate cheaters. No excuses, no ways out, straight up permanent bans. So how does one avoid such a ban? Simply, don’t cheat. It’s not that hard now is it?
Kudos to Blizzard for not softening their approach up.