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Mouse + Keyboard Controversy & 23k Accounts Banned

Posted by Catherine Daro on Feb 05, 2017  | Comments

Mouse + Keyboard Controversy & 23k Accounts Banned -

The Overwatch team has weighed in on the ongoing controversy about console players using converters to attach mouse and keyboard setups to XBox One and PS4, neither of which natively supports this type of configuration. According to Jeff Kaplan, game director of Overwatch, this gives a signigicant advantage over those who use controllers. 

According to Kaplan's post on the Overwatch forum:

The Overwatch team objects to the use of mouse and keyboard on console.

We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices.

We have lobbied and will continue to lobby for first-party console manufacturers to either:

Disallow mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices


Openly and easily support mouse and keyboard for ALL players

I encourage you to reach out to the hardware manufacturers and express your concerns (but please do so in a productive and respectful way).

As a follow up Kaplan also indicated that the issue cannot be solved by Blizzard without "help from our partners", meaning Sony and Microsoft. It remains to be seen how the issue will play out over time. 

In other Overwatch news, Blizzard announced that over 22k Korean accounts had been banned for cheating and using third-party programs. According to the report at PCGamer, the issue stems from Korean players using LAN gaming centersthat allow players to participate in Overwatch matches without purchasing the game. 

This means there's little at risk to deter cheaters from hacking their way to victory, either by downloading third-party aimbot software or "nuking"—a process that involves DDOSing their opponents connection in order to cause massive lag. If a PC bang player is banned for hacking, there's nothing stopping them from simply creating a new account and continuing on their merry hacking way.

You can read the rest of the report at the link above. 


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