Despite its charming aesthetic and colourful characters, Overwatch has long been highlighted for its rampant toxicity in the casual and professional scenes alike. Blizzard has been fighting an uphill battle, but it seems as though its efforts are finally paying off as it claims “disruptive behaviour” has fallen by a staggering 40%.
Most competitive games suffer from trolls, however Overwatch places significant emphasis on its class system and the necessity of a balanced team. Needless to say, many people became irate when essential roles go unfulfilled, prompting the hurling of abuse and general toxic behaviour.
Blizzard introduced a number of steps last year in order to mitigate misconduct, including its endorsement system and the Looking For Group feature. The endorsement system lets players rate other people’s conduct within game, rating them on communication, kindness and strategic aptitude. Looking For Group allows players to search for a game while filtering for players that better compliment their roles and…
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