Overwatch brings a special note to the whole CS: GO experience and makes it even more exciting, although mastering this feature is quite a challenge. Like the name suggests, the Overwatch is a kind of internal surveillance. Namely, this option enables self-regulation, through community members called “investigators”. The investigators have access to different reports and files, which contain information about team members. If the investigator observes the history of disruptive behavior in certain players, he has the authority to implement temporary penalties and bans on them. The duration of a ban depends on the nature of the crime. The history of each player is also taken into consideration when determining the penalty.
What are the requirements for Overwatch and how to Get it?
Clearly, this is a very good and smart way to keep your team disciplined and increase your success rate. But, how to get the Overwatch? How are investigators selected? Simply put – based on their activity, which includes account age, skill group, low report count, competitive wins, etc.). Also, members who were investigators before, and did a good job, are more likely to be selected again.
The best way to become an investigator is to participate in CS:GO competitive matchmaking. The game randomly picks players who will participate, based on their playtime and skill level. CS is on a mission to gather skilled reviewers which will serve as an example to other participants.
Although the specific requirements are not clear enough, besides low report counts and a clean account, the CS: GO community suggests you need:
• 150 competitive wins minimum
• Rank greater than Silver in Competitive Ranks
Even if you fulfilled these demands, the choice of players is random.
How does overwatch work?
The investigators are confronted with a replay of a match in which the accused player participated. In the process, the accused player is referred to as The Suspect. He earned this title because of some form of strange behavior which stands out from the rest of the team or is in any other way suspicious. The investigators have a task to carefully follow the situation, and especially The Suspect, in order to determine whether the player made any offense. The criteria based upon the investigators judge from are Vision hacks–players can see through a visual hint (etc. through walls), Aim hacks – the player has a better aim than the enemy player, External hacks – other than prior two (etc. movement, information), and Grieving – team-killing, grieving, committing suicide, etc.
After the replay, investigators reach a verdict – Insufficient Evidence’ or Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt’. The collective verdict of investigators’ is taken into consideration and according to it, the final decision is made. If the case is mainly tagged as Insufficient Evidence, it will be thrown out. Very rarely, cheats even happens in competitve matches. Fortunately Valve severly punishes those offenses, so it doesn't disrupt the cheering and wagering of CS:GO tournaments.
Each investigator is scored based on their ability to make proper decisions. If the attitude of an investigator accompanies the attitude of the majority of other investigators, he is scored positively. Being the minority implies a negative score. It is not easy to make the correct judgment, so each investigator must carefully and diligently approach the problem.
Is there any reward for having Overwatch?
If the investigator performs his duty well and is consistent in decision-making, his participation in Overwatch can bring XP and loot rewards. The reward is tailored according to the accuracy of prior verdicts, measured with the help of Overwatch Investigator score. The wrong verdict does not include any penalty, but the reputation of a player as an investigator might fall.
Even if a player is not an investigator, he/she can report any kind of disruptive and suspicious behavior. This will improve the game and more hackers will be banned from the game.