Blizzard announces its plans to “aggressively” punish any players who abuse Mei’s ice wall exploit in Overwatch.
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has taken to the official forums to warn players about using the latest exploit in the team-based shooter. Overwatch has been no stranger to strange bugs and glitches, but the latest Mei exploit has been of particular concern as it can single-handedly ruin entire matches. The exploit allows players to use Mei’s Ice Wall to get outside levels and become invincible, raining unstoppable destruction on entire teams with no counter. Kaplan writes...
"This bug is clearly an exploit and we consider this cheating. Do not attempt to reproduce this bug. If you see someone abusing this mechanic, please report them. 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."
Blizzard have shown they take any form of cheating in Overwatch pretty seriously since the games launch, and haven't spared the banhammer when needed. Usually, Overwatch gets most of its controversy for its skins in some form or another. However, the Mei exploit has become a real issue for many players and is hampering enjoyment of the competitive shooter. Kaplan closed his post by apologizing to players saying "Apologies that this bug lingered for as long as it did. Hopefully, this should go away soon (along with those who abused it)." and stated that the issue will be dealt with pretty soon.