Blizzard has punished almost 500,000 Overwatch accounts; progress of game slowed

Blizzard has taken action against over 480,000 Overwatch accounts, a massive chuck out of the 30 million player database.

While no one likes accounts that disobey the rules, the progress of the game has slowed in other areas.

In a developer update video released yesterday, game director Jeff Kaplan expressed that community has something toxic inside of it.

“We don’t want to create areas for you where just the bad people are. We just don’t want those people in Overwatch.”

To help, Blizzard created a reporting system inside of Overwatch. Since launch around 480,000 accounts have been punished, 340,000 of them coming from player reports.

“If you are a bad person doing bad things in Overwatch, we just don’t want you in Overwatch,” Kaplan said. “We don’t want to create areas for you where just the bad people are. We just don’t want those people in Overwatch.”

Some offences aren’t just players be horrible to others. For example, Defran was banned for streaming pornwhile streaming the game.

“I really do believe that, as much as we’re doing at Blizzard to improve the situation, the community needs to take a deep look inward,” he continued. “There’s a way to spread positivity that I don’t think is really prevalent right now. Sure, we can try to build game systems to encourage that more – and we will – but we need the community to own up to their part in the accountability they have for really creating a great game space.”

Do you think Blizzard is too aggressive? Let us know in the comments below and check out Jeff Kaplan’s developer update video.

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