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Overwatch Developer Update Addresses Player Toxicity

Overwatch Developer Update Addresses Player Toxicity

In the video he also says that Blizzard having to focus on tackling this toxicity is slowing down game development on new content and features.

Game maker Blizzard has taken disciplinary action against almost half a million Overwatch players. Blizzard swears up and down that it's working to improve player behaviour, but according to game director Jeff Kaplan, those efforts are taking a direct toll on other aspects of the game's development. Dota has an especially bad rap for fostering toxic behaviour, something more recently seen in Overwatch.

Kaplan explained that the console versions of the game do now have the same reporting tools that have been available on the game's PC version, but also took to being honest that "there is not going to be a moment where we have a magic patch in Overwatch that makes bad behavior go away".

Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan on toxic behavior: 'the community needs to take a deep look inwards'
Blizzard's Kaplan says more than 480000 Overwatch accounts have faced disciplinary action

"We want to make new maps, we want to make new heroes, we want to make animated shorts", Kaplan said.

Kaplan said that more than 340,000 of punished accounts were a result of the Overwatch report button. "It was the exact same people that had to work on both, who got re-routed to work on the other".

Players were justifiably perplexed that Blizzard took so long to add one on consoles, which makes Kaplan's comment here come off as weirdly combative given how much Blizzard dropped the ball before finally addressing the issue. He said that because of that, other features and modes that have been heavily requested, like a replay feature, had to be sidelined. He believes it's the responsibility of the players as well as the community to help fix it.

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So, stop being toxic in Overwatch.

"The community needs to take a deep look inward", he said.

Generally speaking, Kaplan said he thinks the toxicity problem is worse in video games because there is an element of anonymity when you're sitting behind a keyboard or holding a controller in some far-away room than where your teammates or foes are.

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To an extent, he's right: if the community's determined to be a bunch of garbage-spewing rage weasels, even Blizzard's best systems won't be able to do much. Eventually, more players will begin receiving emails, with the final goal notifying players in-game. The development team finally made changes to the way it handed out bans and suspensions while promising to be harsher on repeat offenders, especially in Competitive Play.

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