“Play nice; play fair.” That is one of Blizzard’s core values, but you’d never guess it judging by some of the Overwatch community. Complaints of abusive chat, harassment, griefing, and match inactivity are just some of the problems plaguing the game.
So what is Blizzard doing about it?
Taking in-game reporting more seriously.
“We believe that our in-game reporting and player penalty system is one of our most important features, and it’s something we want to invest in significantly over the next year. To this end, effective immediately, we will be issuing increased penalties to players in response to verified reports of bad behavior,” Blizzard said in a update on the forums.
“In Overwatch, that means anything from abusive chat, harassment, in-game spam, match inactivity (being intentionally AFK), and griefing. If you see someone engaging in any of these types of behaviors, report them. Players in violation will be silenced, suspended, or even banned from the game as a result.”
This is just the first step in curbing bad behavior in Overwatch. Blizzard says they have plans to make additional improvements based on your feedback, including scaling competitive season bans, a notification system that will alert you when a player you’ve reported is actioned, and functionality that will allow us to more aggressively penalize players who attempt to abuse the in-game reporting tool.
Unfortunately, Blizzard’s report tool is only available on PC, which means those of us on consoles are screwed still. On the plus side, Blizzard says they are “committed” to bringing a reporting system to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Overwatch.
“As console players ourselves, we know it’s been frustrating to not have this functionality on your platform. We are actively working on the feature and have many elements of undergoing internal testing right now. Our goal is to implement similar reporting options as are currently available on PC, and any improvements made to PC between now and when it’s available.”