Does Overwatch 2 Have an Anti Cheat? – Answered

Are there cheaters?

Overwatch 2 has to contend with a problem that every online game has had to deal with since the beginning of time, cheaters. You know, the ones, the people who use aimbot, wall hacks, or people who are just really good, and you deem them cheaters, anyway. So, does Overwatch 2 have anti-cheat? We have the answer for you below.

Does Overwatch 2 Have an Anti Cheat? – Answered

Before Overwatch 2 launched, the Blizzard team announced that it would be combating cheaters by forcing players to add a mobile number to their Overwatch account. This would provide a way for Blizzard to permanently ban cheating players since the account and phone number would be on the ban list.

Here’s the official text from the Overwatch 2 website.

“Starting October 4, 2022, all players across all platforms, including consoles, are required to have a phone number attached to their account to launch Overwatch 2. The same phone number cannot be used on multiple accounts at the same time, and players can’t use the same phone number to create multiple accounts. A phone number can only be used once when making a new account, and certain types of numbers, including pre-paid and VOIP, cannot be used for SMS Protect..

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However, there were some issues with this system where prepaid numbers were not actively working, thus Blizzard had to pull part of this system back.

Pair this with the new First-Time User Experience, which forces players who have a new account to unlock game modes, ranked play, heroes, and more; you’ll stop cheaters from being able to make new accounts and continue cheating continually.

So it’s not your traditional anti-cheat software you see in games like Call of Duty or Valorant, but this is a form of anti-cheat.

Well, that’s everything you need to know about if there is anti-cheat in Overwatch 2. For more tips, tricks, and guides, be sure to check out Prima Games. We have plenty of coverage on Overwatch 2, such as all of the earnable rewards in the Halloween Terror event.

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Jesse loves most games, but he really loves games that he can play together with friends and family. This usually means late nights in Destiny 2 or FFXIV. You can also find him thinking about his ever-expanding backlog of games he won't play and being constantly dehydrated. Do not contact him.