Overwatch toxicity gets met with tenacity.
The battle against toxicity in Overwatch continues to rage on, but players can expect to see some improvements to the player report system with today’s Winter Wonderland Event patch. According to Overwatch’s latest patch notes, players that have reported someone for toxic behavior will receive an in-game notification when the report results in a ban.
Players will also be notified in-game if they have been reported, and a warning may also be sent if the illicit behavior continues. If the issue is serious enough, however, there may be no warning at all before a silence, suspension, or permanent ban takes place.
These implementations were spoken about at length by Jeff Kaplan a few months ago when he announced that the reporting system would be receiving a complete overhaul to combat the problem with toxicity in the Overwatch community. These new features will hopefully motivate players to report toxic behavior more when it occurs and help reduce how often it happens.
Kaplan confirmed in an interview with PCGamesN at Spain’s Fun & Serious Game Festival last weekend that these updates are just a few of the many improvements that Blizzard has planned for Overwatch in the fight against toxicity.
“There’s not going to be a moment where we stop working on it,” said Kaplan. “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.”
These updates, along with the launch of the Winter Wonderland Event, begin today for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Felicia Miranda is a freelance writer for IGN. Find her on Twitter at @FeliciaVagabond.