What defines an addon to be considered cheating?Sept. 24, 2018
Just to set things clear from the start, I do not play Overwatch so I may be missing some key factors here, either way I found this to be an interesting topic.
What is Pursuit? As mentioned I don't play Overwarch but from what I can gather it's an in game addon that will help track your enemies game play, point of interest being ability usage.
Blizzard has recently decided to ban the use of the popular addon. You can see the official post from Blizzard's Overwatch Community Manager, Tom Powers here stating the reasons for the ban.
Key points to take from the post
- " a third-party application that offers users information such as enemy position, enemy health, enemy ability usage, or Ultimate readiness creates an uneven playing field for every other player in the map. "
- " Our stance has always been that users found to be cheating—or using hacks, bots, or third-party software that provides any sort of unfair advantage—those users will be permanently banned from the game. "
- " every player being equally-equipped to compete against one another, but many third-party applications erode the level playing field in Overwatch we strive for. "
The post also includes the specific rules/polices that were violated in the Blizzard End User License Agreement;
" cheats; i.e. methods not expressly authorized by Blizzard, influencing and/or facilitating the gameplay, including exploits of any in-game bugs, and thereby granting you and/or any other user an advantage over other players not using such methods;
bots; i.e. any code and/or software, not expressly authorized by Blizzard, that allows the automated control of a Game, or any other feature of the Platform, e.g. the automated control of a character in a Game;
hacks; i.e. accessing or modifying the software of the Platform in any manner not expressly authorized by Blizzard; and/or any code and/or software, not expressly authorized by Blizzard, that can be used in connection with the Platform and/or any component or feature thereof which changes and/or facilitates the gameplay or other functionality; "
I have recently been getting into PvP in WoW and on my quest to get better, the topic of addons comes up quite a bit. One of the popular suggested addons is of course OmniBar.
If you have not used OmniBar before, you can see in it's description;
" What does OmniBar do?
OmniBar is an extremely lightweight addon that tracks enemy cooldowns..."
To me this kind of sounds like one of the reasons that Pursuit was banned. What is keeping OmniBar and other addons like it within the rules of the end user license agreement?
This is something that I of course don't have the answer to and can only speculate about. The main idea would be that the addon is assisting the player in keeping track of enemy cooldowns and that a player could already track the cooldowns based on spell visuals and sound effects. This could be argued with being able to track spells that you did not have LoS, or you just plain missed them, which is more plausible in a 3v3 or RBG match where there is a lot more going on.
You can argue that everyone has the ability to use it, but its the same for Pursuit. Unlike OmniBar, Pursuit does have a paid tier of access which grants players with additional information, perhaps this could have played a part in the ban decision. There are lots of things it could be but those points are the first that come too mind.
In conclusion I am not against OmniBar or any related addons. I love that people create things like this to enhance and better the players experience, especially for players like me who need all the help they can get..... I just get confused about the rules when these sorts of things happen.
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