Not everyone plays fair in Overwatch. Some people choose to download hacks that improve their aim, ruining the game for everyone else. Here's how some of the most insidious Overwatch cheats work.
YouTube user Chuck Norris has a quick, informative video that shows you just how sneaky Overwatch cheats can be. Contrary to popular belief, aiming cheats do not always just snap your reticule to an enemy's head. In this case, the cheat is more of an assist that gently guides your aim where it needs to go, so that the hack looks "humanised". That's what makes them hard to spot, at least for players.
Sure enough, as the video states, it is unfortunately very easy to find these cheats. On one forum alone, there are hundreds of thousands of views, meaning that Overwatch must have a sizeable cheating population.
I dug in a little bit and was amused by what I found. The most popular thread on a major cheating forum has a video displaying an aim assist cheat, and one of the top comments on that footage is a conspiracy theory that the cheat was actually made by Blizzard itself:
You gotta think, a lot of the people downloading this stuff must live with constant worry that they're going to get caught, so this type of paranoia makes sense. Accordingly, some cheats are posted with testimonials from users who swear the hack is safe to use:
My favourite find, however, was noticing that one hack creator got so sick of trying to troubleshoot technical problems with cheat downloaders, they just straight up deleted the exploit to get rid of the headache:
Don't worry. Despite all of this, it does seem like Blizzard is doing what it can to crack down on cheaters.