Permanently Banning Overwatch Cheaters Is The Correct Punishment

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.

Sean Halliday


  1. Qweets
    June 9, 2016, 12:10 am

    Can they just buy another copy on console like pc players could do by just making a new account? I’m a pc gamer so I’m not sure how that’d work on console.

    • Sean Halliday
      June 9, 2016, 12:40 am

      I’m honestly not sure on the ps4 and xbox one to be fair, i would assume it would be by hardware but that would just be guess. I’ve only ever played Blizzard titles on PC

    • Howl
      June 9, 2016, 5:04 am

      They use hardware ID bans. So by agreeing to their ToS, you allow them access to gain the serial numbers assigned to each piece (or the pieces they want to track) of your system’s hardware. All those serial numbers are then assigned to a specific ID number that identifies you and your system.
      So if all they want access to is the serial of your CPU, GPU and MB, and your ID has been banned, there’s no other way to gain access unless you replace all three pieces of hardware.

      Or at least, that’s how I think it works ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      • Sean Halliday
        June 9, 2016, 5:09 am

        Hardware ban would make more sense, but i can’t find exact details on how they ban on consoles

      • beeps
        June 9, 2016, 9:26 am

        i read about some chinese players that got banned for cheating during the beta and their newly purchased copy + account was banned again just for using the same computer, so they might really use hardware IDs or put some string in your windows registry to identify them.

    • Matt
      June 9, 2016, 2:40 pm

      The short answer: no. People who have been banned are reporting being rebanned if they try to buy the game again or make a new PSN/Xbox Live. When you are banned, you’re banned for good. They are also reporting that somehow VPNs don’t get past the ban either. Blizzard clearly is using more than IP address tracking to ensure bans remain.

  2. Pash
    June 9, 2016, 3:22 am

    How are people even cheating on console? Console players can make a new account no purchase required. If ps plus is active, all accounts can go online on primary console. Accounts are free and only require an email

    • beeps
      June 9, 2016, 9:23 am

      in some console shooters people cheat by ddosing other people, so they can kill other easily or get them kicked from the game, other use lag switches to become unkillable..

    • Matt
      June 9, 2016, 2:42 pm

      Nope. People who bought the game a second time on consoles after ban are reporting being rebanned even with a new account, and even trying a VPN.

  3. Christian
    June 9, 2016, 3:57 am

    It’s as simple as making another PSN/XBL account. You have to start over on your trophies/achievements, but whoopty-doo, you still get to play the game.

    • Mikael Pettersson
      June 9, 2016, 5:41 am

      It has been confirmed multiple times on PC that banned people get re-banned even after buying the game a second and even a third time. So i’m pretty sure that blizzard will ban your actual console for life, which means you need to buy a whole new PS4/XB1, AND use a new trophyless account.

    • jumpy
      June 9, 2016, 8:45 am

      no, it’s not that easy… now with ps+ and xbox live you would have to get another subscription that you would pay for as well. so new account with new membership in order to play online.

    • Josh
      June 9, 2016, 4:13 pm

      Pretty sure they ban via hardware, meaning your console.
      It’s how they ban on PC, and I’m sure they’re willing to take similar measures on console.

  4. Levi
    June 9, 2016, 3:05 pm

    Your console/computer has an ID number.. I forget which game it was but one would ban your name for a first offense and then your hardware for a second offense. Problem with this is used console sales would tank if buying used came with risk of lifetime ban… But that would increase new console sales so… I’d say it’s a worthy punishment, as someone who doesn’t cheat I say fuck those who do

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