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'Play Nice, Play Fair' - Blizz to Crack Down on Bad Behavior

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jul 26, 2017  | Comments

'Play Nice, Play Fair' - Blizz to Crack Down on Bad Behavior - MMORPG.com

Blizzard is going to be cracking down on bad behavior in Overwatch effective immediately. Citing "play nice, play fair" as the core values for the game, the team is taking those values to heart. Starting now, there will be increased penalties to players after reports of bad behavior are verified. "Bad Behavior" includes: "anything from abusive chat, harassment, in-game spam, match inactivity (being intentionally AFK), and griefing."

Penalties will include "being silenced, suspended, or even banned from the game as a result".

We know that making Overwatch a truly welcoming environment is an ongoing process, and this is only the first step. Over the next several months, we 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. 

Blizzard also stated that it is committed to bringing a viable and robust reporting system to console players and that they understand the frustration many console players face. The team is actively at work on the system and is currently in internal testing.

You can read the full post on the Overwatch site.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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