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New Overwatch Hack Uses Friend Requests to Crash Live Games

Players have been reporting a new Overwatch hack that can crash an ongoing game with a single keystroke.
Players have been reporting a new Overwatch hack that can crash an ongoing game with a single keystroke. / Blizzard Entertainment

Players have been reporting a new Overwatch hack that can crash an ongoing game with a single keystroke.

Friendship in gaming is meant to be one of the least stressful parts of playing. Getting a new friend request—even if it wasn't expected—is one of the most common pop-ups players will encounter in any game. Whether it's from someone who just held a point with you or someone who likes your style, connecting in-game over the game has built lifelong connections.

Unfortunately, it appears that some hackers are looking to ruin this once-harmless feature in Overwatch.

New Overwatch Hack Uses Friend Requests to Crash Live Games

The hack—somewhat affectionately referred to as "Press P to Crash" by the community—starts with a friend request. Players have noted the accounts sending the requests typically have long strings of numbers in their names which, knowing online gaming, can be suspicious in its own right.

Unfortunately, no amount of digital "street smarts" can truly help players avoid this hack. While the friend request is pending, if the afflicted player(s) press "P," "O," or bring up the Overwatch social tab, their game will immediately crash to desktop. This, of course, boots them from the match, which effectively cancels the match depending on how far along it was at the time.

This has made the game all but unplayable for players on either team. Once one is booted, Overwatch will automatically shut down the match, and force all players back into the loading lobby.

Blizzard Entertainment has yet to come forward with a fix for this hack at the time of writing—likely because they have their hands full. Hopefully, a solution will come to light sooner rather than later.