Overwatch CS: GO: requisites, commandos and reward

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Overwatch in CS:GO is a system where players investigate irregularities in matches. are selected community members who analyze the suspects. If they find cheating or inappropriate behavior, players are banned.

Investigators analyze the replays of matches of a player who has an unusual number of reports. The group of investigators arrives at a verdict and the ban will be applied according to the seriousness of the infraction and the history of convictions.


How to make Overwatch?


To become an investigator in Overwatch, you must meet certain requirements. You don't have to be a top player, but yes a trusted player to serve as a watchman. The choice of investigators is made by several factors, but these are the essential ones:

  • 150+ wins in competitive mode;
  • at least Gold Nova rank 1;
  • 350 hours of gameplay;
  • can't have many bans and reports;
  • Can't have the account recently.

If you meet the selection criteria for Overwatch, you will be invited to watch. The most active players with high scores in Overwatch will receive more cases to solve.

Home Menu message with an Overwatch case

Investigators receive a replay with 8 random rounds to analyze if there was an infraction. The name of the reported player is "The Suspect" and the names of other players in the match are not disclosed. All voice and text conversations are also eliminated so that the analysis is as transparent as possible, fixed only on the suspect's actions.

There are two possible conclusions: “Insufficient evidence” and “Evident beyond all suspicion”. If the majority of verdicts are "Insufficient Evidence", the suspect is innocent. There is also the possibility of adjourning the trial and giving the verdict at another time.



Overwatch commands

When investigators are doing their work, there are some very useful commands for Overwatch. You have to pay attention to every detail and you can't miss anything. Check the commands:

Shift + F2

It's not exactly a command but a panel where you'll control the repetition time. You can increase the speed in situations that don't matter or decrease it to be more attentive to the details. It is very useful to identify if the suspect is using some trick for the shooting or vision.

spec_show_xray 1

This command is used to be able to see all players through walls. It is essential to understand the development of rounds and whether the suspect is reacting abnormally.


sv_showimpacts 1

With this command, you will be able to see the trajectories of the shots. Very useful to understand more easily if everything is happening within the normal game mechanics.

Rewards for Investigators

Crate idea to improve Overwatch reward

As investigators are helping to improve CS:GO, there is a experience reward. If you submit correct verdicts proving that you are a good investigator, you will receive experience after solving several cases. The value of this experience will be adjusted according to your investigator score. To claim the reward, you must complete a match in any CS:GO mode.


Many players think that the reward is not fair and that should be more valued for the importance of the role of investigator. In fact, Overwatch greatly improves the game experience by kicking cheating players out, but making verdicts takes time. So, some players proposed that the rewards could be exclusive skins or some special medal.

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