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PSA: Overwolf Plugin

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Dear Players!

It has come to our attention that using Overwolf (which may come bundled with other applications, such as TeamSpeak) with World of Warships causes the following issues:

  • During it’s installation, Overwolf modifies World of Warships game client without asking for a confirmation and puts a mod into the World of Warships install directory.  Example: \\World_of_Warships\res_mods\\PNFMods\owplugin folder.
  • This mod actively logs your game data while you play by reading python.log, damage dealt/taken, ribbons, frags, and list of battle participants. This information seems to be recorded to owevent.log file.
  • While recording information the mod appears to decrease game performance. While we did not have time to test all configurations yet (as we wanted to share the information ASAP), we saw the decrease from 75 to 48-56 FPS on our i7-8700K / GTX1080Ti test machine.
  • We want to make you aware of the following information:
    • If the owplugin folder with the mod is deleted from World of Warships game files, Overwolf re-installs this when launched;
    • If  Overwolf is uninstalled normally, the mod remains installed.

With that in mind, we would like to recommend the following:

  1. If you have Overwolf, you can check the difference in game performance yourself. To do this, launch the game from Wargaming.net Game Center or Legacy Launcher in safe mode. Safe mode disables res_mods modifications which include the one installed by Overwolf.
  2. If you want to stop using Overwolf, you will need to uninstall it AND manually delete the World of Warships mod. To do this:
    • Find and delete the owplugin folder according to the games installation path on your machine.
    • If you’re not sure or not experienced enough just clear the whole res_mods folder, you will need to reinstall any mods you’ve been using.  
  3. Always read EULA of all products you use. We cannot take responsibility for what and how 3rd party applications do.

If we get any new information on this matter, we will let you know ASAP.

Thank you for your attention!

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