Blizzard say they will punish anyone who abused Mei’s ice wall exploit, an unintended trick that allowed the character to reach out-of-bounds areas.
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The exploit has been used by some players over the last few weeks, but Blizzard have located and presumably plugged the issue now. In a post on the Overwatch forumsgame director Jeff Kaplan said the ETA for the fix was yesterday.
“This bug was surprisingly tricky for us to track down but we believe we have identified a fix. Our hope is to have it fixed sometime tomorrow (1/5/2017 PST) but there is always the chance that our fix could fail. We’re currently testing to verify the fix,” Kaplan said.
“This bug is clearly an exploit and we consider this cheating. Do not attempt to reproduce this bug,” he warned. “We will be taking action against those who abused this exploit. Overwatch is a PvP experience so that means exploiting game mechanics like this comes at a cost to those you are competing against. We take aggressive action against people who abuse game mechanics, hack or cheat. This case is no different.”
Some users have been reporting account suspensions, with one Reddit user claiming to be facing a week-long ban for using the exploit.