Overwatch: Anti Abuse System Upgrade

Competitive gaming is hard enough when you have a room full of talented players going toe to toe and constantly pushing characters to new limits. That said, the gaming experience can – and often is – ruined by bad gamers looking to ruin the experience for all.

Until now, trolls and individuals abusing the system had been taken care of Blizzard’s banhammer squad. However Blizzard has decided that this is no longer enough and is instituting a few new tools to help out their team, and is currently being tested out on the PTR.

The new system allows you to report individuals for the following:

  • Spam
  • Cheating
  • Abusive Chat
  • Griefing
  • Inactivity
  • Bad Battletag
  • Poor Teamwork

A simple enough system it seems, and something that has been a long time coming. Especially when we consider other systems that allow gamers to report individuals that are clearly displaying bot tendencies or are being overall abusive in game play.

It is worth noting as well that the terms are not as cut and dry as they appear. For example, the phrase “poor teamwork” does not mean individuals who do not play according to your specific team strategy or layout. That said, if you like Hanzo and are constantly him, rock on. Rather it concentrates on individuals who are avoiding objectives and being rude to their team mates. We can only assume the moderators will decide what category you fall under once you are reported, though what – if any – consequences will occur after repeated issues remains to be seen.

While it remains to be seen if this will be an effective method of helping the banhammer squad, as I’m sure they will be flooded with reports by gamers soon enough, we can remain hopeful. Especially for those individuals who are obviously cheating in game. While one report may not get you kicked, multiple reports from various sources might get some results.

It is a bit of a wait and see method, but better than nothing I suppose.

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