Blizzard Korea has announced that the team has issued over 10,000 account bans for cheaters in Overwatch.
The Blizzard subsidiary has already issued three waves of bans in 2017 so far, with the latest seeing over 7,000 accounts sanctioned.
The details were announced in a post on the official Battle.net Korea forums that 10,598 accounts have been banned this year alone.
This follows a ban wave in June – just a month after the game was released – which saw over 1,500 accounts in China permabanned.
The main cheating problem in the Korean Overwatch community is an attack called “nuking”, which essentially overloads the enemy’s IP address after the fashion of a DDoS attack. The victim’s Overwatch session will immediately freeze when nuked, and the attack itself is incredibly hard to report when the game is barely able to run.
A translated statement from the Blizzard Korea team reads: “Creating and delivering a pleasant game environment for the majority of our rule-abiding players is of paramount importance to us and we are committed to taking all the steps we can to stop players who create, distribute, and use these nuking programs.”
“We are also aware of the fact that nuclear programs are circulated through various communities, and we will prepare countermeasures.”
Players are also encouraged to report instances of hacking in Overwatch to Blizzard, either by right-clicking on the player’s name in-game or by reporting it through their website.