For many, the immediate question was what Blizzard was doing to keep the apparent feat from continuing, and that ended up shedding light on exactly what Ball was trying to do by exposing the technology.
Ball attempted to reveal this feat to Blizzard months ago, warning them of the potential to simply kill entire enemy teams with very little recourse or backlash, and Blizzard simply never responded. After waiting four months, says a teammate, they decided to go public in an attempt to force Blizzard to arrest him because he had started appearing in online matches.
After the technology became more widely known, Blizzard wasted no time in asserting that the “new” ball technology is considered a feat, which means there could be long-term repercussions for them. users who try to take advantage of the exploit to launch their steam matches between their announcement (yesterday) and the moment when it will finally be corrected; if that is the case. The Ball And The Overwatch: What Happened And Why It Blew Up Out Of Nowhere
There is also a dramatic side to it, coming from Daisuke ‘Niko’ Fujikawa; the player who is now on the Paris Eternal has been accused of cheating in Team Fortress 2 days by script, and he has proven that he can type commands as quickly in the console.
Ball moving its Twitter and Twitch tag from “Ball_Overwatch” to Ball_gdh “seems to be a direct mockery of the situation, where many have accused the tank player of scripting to reliably execute the technology.
Either way, all of that will likely be fixed in the next update and it will only be a fascinating moment in the history of Overwatch. Unfortunately, it also sets a precedent that Blizzard is not likely to remove existing exploits unless the community is frustrated with them. Maybe when Overwatch 2 comes out, they’ll be a little faster to adopt.