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Blizzard breaks aimbots in Overwatch update

by Joey Davidson | June 23, 2017June 23, 2017 6:00 am PST

The most recent patch applied to Overwatch will make it harder for a pool of aimbots to work. Aimbots, if the name wasn’t obvious enough, basically make missing your target nearly impossible. They are a constant problem in online shooters.

One of the more prevalent types of aimbots in Korea is image recognition based. They target colored outlines in order to make their mark. Enemies in online games typically have a vague outline that makes it easier for our eyes to spot them in fast motion. In Overwatch, enemies are outlined in red. These image recognition based aimbots would be programmed to find that red and aim towards it automatically.

The new patch changes that red outline to one that slowly changes colors over the course of a match. Our eyes won’t notice the change over time, but the aimbots won’t be able to hit that precise color they’re looking for.

Aimbots have a hard time working on maps with red-ish backgrounds in Overwatch. This fix from Blizzard takes that malfunction and spreads it game wide to help combat the hack.

That’s good news for those of us who can’t deal with cheaters.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...