Blizzard Changes South Korea Security for Overwatch
Blizzard has put a new wall in the way of South Korean Overwatch hackers. This new account policy change is a major step to ensuring fair play and preventing hackers from breaking Overwatch’s competitive scene in South Korea
For those unfamiliar with how online gaming is usually enjoyed in South Korea, it is much more common for players to attend a PC gaming cafe (also known as a “PC Bang”) for online games, paying to play by the hour. A problem that occurs because of this is that a player can anonymously hack themselves cheats for Overwatch such as auto-aim bots, X-ray vision, as well as other game-breaking advantages. Rather then with a domestic account that can be blocked, a hacker can switch cafes and machines with impunity, causing the South Korean Overwatch scene to be rife with hackers.
The new Battle.net account policy change now requires foreign Battle.net accounts to purchase a licence for the game to be able to play it at a PC bang. This change will only initially affect Overwatch, but will spread to games such as Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 in the near future. Home-owned IP-address owning accounts won’t need to add a license.
To make sure the account policy change is not bypassed, Blizzard will also be cracking down on Bot sellers and network providers who give PC Bang IP addresses to individuals. This focused approach will take a large chunk of problems out of South Korean gamer’s time, and hopefully make the Overwatch competitive scene much more fair for players not using third-party programs.
Or to read a shortened by translated account of the changes, here is a link to the Overwatch Sub-Reddit, where the page has been summarised and discussed.