Blizzard is moving to crackdown on players who use third party apps which have not given the green light by Blizzard. In this case Pursuit and Visor are the apps under the spotlight, however there is likely to be plenty more out there. Blizzard’s message is simple (at least for now) use unofficial apps to gain an advantage, and you may have their account terminated. Instead of handing out bans instantly Blizzard has been contacting gamers in essence handing out stern warnings. The email stated that they had detected 3rd party apps and that they risk having the account banned if they continue to use these apps.
Visor is the shadier of the two providing live in game alerts and advice using overlays. Pursuit is the tamer of the two providing players with detailed after action reports, performance targets which allow players to monitor their progress in a more detailed way than Overwatch’s current stat reporting allows.
For me personally I will always have an issue with apps like Visor, which clearly provide an edge over players who are not running Visor. Visor may not be blatant wall hacking but it does offers users access to information in game that others playing do not have. Pursuit on the other hand, lives in a very grey area. Other games such as MOBA’s and even first person shooters have external applications to track and improve players performance.
Recently, we’ve investigated third-party applications designed for use while playing Overwatch and we’d like to reiterate which of these applications are not permitted in Overwatch. To provide more clarity, any third-party application that impedes on the competitive integrity in Overwatch is not allowed. For example, a third-party application that offers users information such as enemy position, enemy health, enemy ability usage, or Ultimate readiness creates an uneven playing field for every other player in the map.
Blizzard went on to say;
In this case, we’ll be reaching out to users that we’ve detected to be using this unauthorized software; to notify those users that those specific third-party applications are not permitted and do not align with the Blizzard EULA. Furthermore, we will be requesting those users to immediately remove the unauthorized software to avoid account suspension.
In regards to the use of Visor I think it is fair to say it clearly provides an unfair benefit and should be a bannable offence. Pursuit on the other hand is more of a performance analyzer. There have been calls for Blizzard to revamp the in game statistics for a while now. Maybe now it is time they took a serious look at statistic reporting in Overwatch.
For the time being I think it is a good idea to stay away from any 3rd party app or software, not directly approved by Blizzard.
UPDATE: Pursuit have issued a clear warning on their website saying they are looking into the warnings that have been issued and will be posting updates regarding this on Twitter and their Discord channel.