As sad as its sounds, cheating is a big part of the video game culture. Especially when it comes to PC games. Hacks, mods, bad code, all are tools in order to make a particular player gain something. This happens a lot in Overwatch, with a recent epidemic being that players will go into Skirmish mode to gain XP while they themselves are away from the computer. Blizzard is going to punish those they catch doing that.
“It’s very disappointing to us that players abused the system to gain experience while inactive,” Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said on the Overwatch forums. “As some of you have noticed, Skirmish in Custom Game no longer rewards experience. Also, the AFK timer is now in place in Skirmish mode (in Custom Game only).”
Kaplan warns that if players continue to try and game the system to make themselves better, they risk losing their account.
“If you create a Custom Game that in any way encourages players to gain experience while inactive, you risk having your account banned. If you join any game mode – including Custom Games – with the intent of gaining experience while being inactive, you risk having your account banned. Also, do not name your Custom Game that in anyway even implies that gaining experience while inactive is OK – please do not even do this as a joke – because you are putting yourself at risk of having your account banned.”