With the introduction of competitive play in Overwatch, Blizzard is planning a bold move to permanently ban cheaters (defined by Blizzard as the “use of hacks, bots, or unauthorized third party software”) after just their first offense. In a post on the official Overwatch forums, community manager Lylirra stated that Blizzard will be very proactive in keeping cheaters out of their game, making the game fair and fun for all. Cheating can be very hard to stop in a lot of first person shooters, such as hacking and modding running pretty rampant in older Call of Duty games. Granted, this mainly refers to games that are anywhere from 3-6 years old, but it seems not much was ever done.
Blizzard has dealt with all sorts of cheating in their games throughout the years, notably in their Diablo series. This move by Blizzard is an amazing example to set for the industry: one and done should be the new benchmark.
Blizzard has put a call to action to the Overwatch community in helping them stop the cheaters. Once the game launches, there will be a streamlined way to report cheaters. If you feel someone is cheating, report them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thankfully, streaming and fan made YouTube videos are so prevalent that those will become invaluable assets to help catch cheaters.
All of this on the heels of the start of competitive mode on PC, with PS4 and XBox to follow likely next week.