Overwatch Will Now Notify You of Players You Helped Ban

Players will now get in-game notifications when a player they reported has been banned.

Overwatch is one of the most popular games in the world. But as with any popular property, there are going to be a few bad eggs attempting to drag the community down. Luckily, Blizzard is still actively taking steps to take on the trolls.Overwatch

While speaking with PCGamesN, Overwatch’s Game Director, Jeff Kaplan, confirmed that a new system has been implemented into the latest update. When a player reports someone for intolerable behavior, they will later be notified directly in-game if actions were taken against the reported party. The new system was green lit as of the Winter Wonderland update:

“If you’ve reported somebody and they’ve gotten actioned you’ll be notified in-game. We’ve done a pilot program where we were experimenting sending emails to people. As of that Winter Wonderland patch we’ll have the technology to do it directly in the game. Hopefully that restores some of people’s faith in the system and then they use it more.”

Overwatch has had a problem battling toxicity within its community. Blizzard is doing their best to crack down on said negative behavior. And should you be taking part in it, you’ll likely be seeing a warning hit your account before more severe action is taken:

“If you’ve been reported a bunch and you’re getting close to an action against your account – meaning a silence, a suspension, or a ban – you’re actually going to get a warning now that tells you ‘hey, you’re kind’ve behaving poorly. If you don’t chill out pretty soon you’re gonna get suspended.’ We think that warning will help with some of that behaviour.”

Kaplan knows that toxic players are something you can’t rid a game of entirely. But takings steps as they have is progress in the right direction. And Kaplan told PCGamesN that the problem is one that Blizzard is taking quite seriously:

“Toxicity is gonna be ongoing, there’s not going to be a moment where it goes away. I wish that was the case. There’s not going to be a moment where we stop working on it. It’s just a matter of what’s happening now and what are our current priorities. As I’ve stated before toxicity is our top priority to combat.”

Blizzard can only do so much on their own though. It’s important for the Overwatch community to work alongside the developer to help rid the game of players who are vulgar or disrespectful. Start reporting those trolls and take the community back. And smile when you get those in-game notifications letting you know that you’ve made a difference in the world. Even if it’s just a virtual one.

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