Blizzard has banned plenty of Overwatch players in the past for more obvious reasons including hacking and using cheats. But this is not the only thing that Blizzard deems a bannable offense and as it aims to make the game more welcoming, it has now banned players for trolling.
In a post on the Overwatch forums, Blizzard confirms that it has banned hundreds of players in China for misbehaving. According to a translated version (via Google Translate) these banned players have “negative player behavior” including “repeated temporary absence, no participation in the game, malicious hang up” which are acts that affect the “normal player’s gaming experience.”
While some would just call this trolling, Blizzard notes that this sort of behavior violates the Overwatch code of conduct. Moreover, this can have a “tremendous negative impact” on other players.
It’s why the forum post names and shames each of the banned players. This is not the first time that Blizzard has shamed banned players as the company likes to do this in order to discourage other players from misbehaving too. Step out of line and Blizzard will tell everyone about it.
The forum post also highlights the fact that Blizzard is “committed to [providing] a fair and friendly game environment for the players” and urges people to report offending players. The post assures fans that “all the whistle-blowing information will have someone to follow-up verification.” In other words, any filed reports won’t just be ignored.
While some Overwatch players have managed to deal with trolls in their own way, many will appreciate Blizzard’s response. One of the main reasons that people did not file reports previously is because many felt that the company did not respond to them in a proper or timely manner. Likewise, the reason that many players do behave badly is that they think that they can get away with it. But those times seem to be in the past.
It should be noted that Blizzard recently rolled out a permanent ban system for its popular multiplayer shooter, and this should also put people off from misbehaving. The company is also planning to ramp things up even more soon, as a total crack down on those who ruin the fun for other players. Altogether, this will hopefully create the welcoming game that Blizzard is aiming for.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.