Valve’s Overwatch system was presented to Dota 2 recently. It’s been usually well-received and praised as an enhancement over the video game’s previous automated reporting system. But cheaters are already finding methods to prevent it.

One Dota 2 player came across a suspicious Overwatch case, posting the video on Reddit. The footage reveals the suspected cheater playing Windranger, displaying the often-seen hallmarks of a scripter or hacker: seemingly omniscient knowledge of enemies and wards covered by the fog of war, erratic mouse motions that quickly snap to and from systems, and utilizing the hero’s targeted abilities with their screen far from the impacted target.

Upon taking a look at the footage, the proof indicated an open-and-shut case of a scripting gamer. There was a catch, nevertheless, when the poster was unable to submit the Overwatch report. An error messaged popped up instead, asking the poster to attempt once again later.

Other users have actually commented with similar experiences of being unable to report obvious cheaters, seemingly proving that this isn’t a separated case.

While Overwatch is brand-new to Dota 2, the self-regulation system has existed in another Valve video game, CS: GO, since 2013. CS: GO material creator Sparkles launched a video in August 2020 where he interviewed a cheater named Kessie.

Kessie stated that it was an easy matter to prevent CS: GO’s Overwatch, with one-click tools and services that might compromise the system’s anonymity and expose the player’s names, removing an essential element of privacy. Cheaters can then utilize this information to spam reports, called “report botting.”

The cheater likewise stated that while it was possible to forcibly prohibit somebody through Overwatch, it was “way easier to prevent somebody from being convicted.”

” I don’t get up in the morning wonder if I have actually been prohibited, even after a truly cheeky couple of video games,” Kessie stated. “Because at this moment, I just can’t see how I’m gon na get banned.”

It’s possible that the similar systems utilized in both video games have sped up the procedure for cheat makers to bypass Dota 2’s Overwatch, paving the method for bad actors.

While the dream is to have a self-regulating neighborhood, it’s simply not possible when cheaters own the secrets to their own prison. Nobody expects the brand-new system to be ideal, however this is a glaring oversight that needs to be covered as soon as possible by Valve.