Jess Colwill, January 13, 2017

Overwatch: 10,000 Accounts Banned for Cheating in Korea Alone

Even though 2017 is just 13 days old, Blizzard Entertainment revealed that they have already banned more than 10,000 accounts for cheating.

According to a post on the Blizzard Korea forums, the Korean team has already banned 10,598 accounts this year. The bans came in three waves, with the largest latest wave by far having caught 7,038 of those cheaters.

These accounts were picked up for using “non-permitted third party programs” including aimbots, wallhacks, and various other cheats. Blizzard also stated (via Yahoo) that “we are also aware of the fact that nuclear programs are circulated through various communities, and we will prepare countermeasures.”

The theme of hacking ties in nicely to Overwatch’s next major update, which will give a boost to Sombra while slightly nerfing Ana, D.Va, and Roadhog. This patch is live on the PTR and can be checked out right now.

Of course, as esports professionals who take gaming seriously, it is our duty to report any hacks we find to Blizzard. You can do so at this web form (or just report the player in-game when you see them).

Make sure to click here and catch up on the biggest Overwatch stories of 2016.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.