‘Overwatch’ News and Update: Lucioball Glitch Allows Players to Cheat by Taking Advantage of Lucio’s Changing Character; Blizzard Warns Cheaters

By Louise Bonquin , Updated Aug 09, 2016 10:44 AM EDT
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"Overwatch" suffered a glitch when its Summer special games called "Lucioball" was launched by Blizzard Entertainment last week. Rather than playing as Lucio, the bug changes the gamers' character to a different one.

Some players find the glitch advantageous when playing the "Overwatch" Summer Games, since they can instantly change to another hero when needed to win the brawl. However, this is also bothersome because it totally alters the mechanics of the game which can confuse and cheat other players.

In Lucioball, players are supposed to take only the role of Lucio, the Rio de Janeiro native character in the 3 vs. 3 mode. Moreover, players play the soccer-esque game utilizing just Lucio's specific skills set.

Now, since many "Overwatch" players discovered that they can actually change to other characters other than Lucio, this glitch has been exploited to gain the upper hand against other players. During a game, the glitch randomly change Lucio to known heroes like D.Va, Winston, Bastion, Widowmaker and Torbjorn. The change was thought to be random at first, but as the bug persist, avid gamers noticed that there is actually a trick that let them change Lucio to another hero, at will. Here's how it is done:

On PC, just before the game begins, simply press down the "H" on the keyboard to bring on the character selection menu. It must be noted that although there is a selection screen, players cannot choose specific characters they want but the game still picks the character for the player. The point is, the character chosen will not be Lucio.

The glitch was addressed by Blizzard and it warned gamers on exploiting the bug. On the "Overwatch" forums page, it posted a paragraph from Blizzard's End User License Agreement (EULA) for players to take note of.

The company highlighted the part regarding cheating where players gain advantage over others who do not resort to cheat methods. The rule states, "Cheats, not expressly authorized by Blizzard, influencing and/or facilitating the gameplay, including exploits of any in-game bugs."

Meanwhile, the "Overwatch" Lucioball Summer Games loot boxes is only available for a limited time, until Aug, 22. Players will not be able to see the cosmetic items again after this date, but it may be back next summer as per Blizzard.

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