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CS: GO Overwatch FAQ

Overwatch is used by the CS: GO community to monitor itself by providing qualified and experienced members of the community ("Investigators") it is possible to check reports of disruptive behavior, to determine whether these are justified, and to impose temporary exclusions if it is appropriate.

How does Overwatch work?

Prospective Overwatch investigators will be provided with an active Overwatch button on the main menu indicating that there is a pending case to evaluate. Investigators can then choose to participate by viewing a recording (duration of 8 rounds or approximately 10 minutes) and passing judgment.

If the majority of investigators agree that an offense has been committed, an exclusion will be issued. The duration of the exclusion depends on the gravity of the offense as well as previous offenses, if any.

How are investigators selected?

Investigators are selected based on their activities in CS: GO (competition wins, account age, game hours, skill group, low number of reports, etc.) and, if applicable, previous Overwatch participation and score (a result of the correctness of their judgments as investigators ). Community members who have both high levels of activity and a high Overwatch score will get more cases to participate in.

What evidence is available to investigators?

Investigators are presented with a randomly selected eight-round segment of an accused player's game and their job is to decide whether or not that player committed an offense in that shot. The suspect is marked as "The Suspect" and the names of the other players are substituted. Text and voice chat are omitted. The investigator is expected to make a decision based solely on the suspect's actions.

How did Overwatch end up testing a player?

The system contains recordings of players whose pattern of messages exceeds or otherwise differs from that of other players. This can be a sudden spike in reports or a large number of reports may have accumulated over a long period of time. In addition, a player can appear in a test case that was previously closed as "not guilty". These are smuggled in at random and are only used to help the system evaluate the investigators (the verdict in test cases has no effect on the suspect).

What are the allegations and possible judgments?

There are four different allegations to assess, covering the broad forms of disorder. Each allegation has two possible verdicts: "Insufficient Evidence" and "Clearly Obvious". Additionally, an investigator can choose to postpone a review and restart it later without making a decision.

What happens at the end of a case?

For each allegation, if the system shows that the investigators' joint assessment results in an overriding judgment, then the case is closed and all decisions made result in the final judgment. If the assessments are overwhelmingly “Insufficient Evidence” or inconclusive, the case will be dismissed.

Can one investigator have more weight with his decision than another?

Yes. A judgment from a higher ranked investigator carries more weight than that of a lower ranked investigator.

How are investigators rated?

An Overwatch score represents an investigator's ability to consistently and correctly match the evidence he has regarding all allegations reviewed, assessed, both in real and test cases. Investigators get points if they agree with a majority of the judgments of other investigators on the same admission, and lose points if they are in the minority. The resulting change in score is greater when most investigators agree and smaller when they disagree. Because of the occasional test cases inserted, the only way to increase your Overwatch Points is to thoroughly review the entire recording and make an informed and accurate judgment on the evidence available.

How do I become an investigator?

For now, the best approach is to play many games in official competitive mode. Players are slowly added to the circle of investigators, chosen at random, taking into account their playing time and skill level. The goal is to invite as many qualified investigators as possible.

How can I help if I'm not an investigator?

Report disruptive behavior. Reports expand the range of cases that are reviewed, and good reports result in efficient case reviews. To make a report, open the score, use the arrow key to navigate to a player, and then press the enter key to open their player profile.

Won't mediocre players falsely judge good players?

A gamer doesn't have to be exceptionally talented to be a good Overwatch investigator. For example, regardless of skill level, commentators can be expected to be good investigators because of their experience of watching highly talented players.

Each new investigator will join the selection with a low score, which then increases based on the accuracy of their judgments. This process gives everyone a chance to participate while ensuring that only the best investigators control the outcome of a case.

Since Overwatch was launched, the scores have been thoroughly reviewed by Overwatch investigators. There is no systematic distinction between players playing at high, middle, and low ranks.

Why is the evidence video sometimes choppy?

Previously, interpolation, which is there to smoothly display the transition between the known positions of the players, has led to the suspect in some situations seemingly gets a kill while aiming slightly wrong, when in fact he aimed correctly. While we are potential liquid and When investigating accurate solutions, the interpolation when aiming the suspect has been removed from Overwatch footage to better reflect the suspect's point of view when shooting down. In some cases this can lead to a choppy display.

The suspect annoys a disruptive player in retaliation. Is he still guilty?

Unmistakably YES! Obstructing the game in revenge either expands an unintentional mistake or leads to the reaction that the offending player intended. In addition, it puts the injured player in danger of being convicted for the act of revenge himself. There is no excuse for unsportsmanlike conduct and it is the duty of an investigator to enforce the highest standards.

If convicted, do bothersome gamers and cheaters get the same sentence?

No. The penalty assigned to a suspect is proportional to his behavior. Suspects convicted of disruptive behavior receive a mild sentence, while cheaters are usually removed from the game entirely. As always, the best way to improve player behavior is to report intrusive players and cheaters whenever you encounter them.

Can I earn experience points for participating in Overwatch?

Yes. One can gain experience points by making correct judgments on their assigned cases. After some of the cases have been resolved, you will receive a reward in the form of experience points based on the overall accuracy of the recent judgments and scaled with your Overwatch score.

You can claim your reward by playing a game in any game mode on an official server.

Is there a relationship between a player's skill group and their ability as an Overwatch investigator?

No. Since Overwatch was launched, the scores have been thoroughly reviewed by Overwatch investigators. There is no systematic difference in Overwatch scores between players playing at high, medium, and low ranks.