Blizzard has taken action against over 480,000 Overwatch accounts, which has created a high volume of work. This has slowed progress of the popular shooter in other areas.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan stated in a development update video yesterday that there is a “rising tide of toxicity and bad behaviour” within the Overwatch community. As reported by Gamesindustry.biz, back in July, Blizzard announced that that it was going to overhaul its reporting system. Kaplan stated that over 20,000 players have reported toxic behaviour since the games “pilot program”, these players have now received emails updating them on the action that has been taken.
Kaplan went on to say that Blizzard has “taken disciplinary action against over 480,000 accounts” since the game’s launch in May 2016. 340,000 of these came directly from player reports. He stated “There’s not going to be a moment where we have a magic patch in Overwatch that makes bad behaviour go away,” he continued “It is a continual process that we are dedicated to fixing and improving.”
The Overwatch director went on to say that the Blizzard team does want to focus more on creating new features, maps, animated shorts and much more. However, the team has found itself in a position where it must dedicate it’s time to “punishing people, and trying to make people behave better.”
Kaplan concluded that “If you have that negative comment, try to hold it back,”he continued “And remember that we’re all here to have fun.”