Blizzard is doubling down on penalizing players for what it considers bad behavior in its competitive hero shooter Overwatch, it announced today in a blog post.
These increased penalties are just the first step, the developer says, it's taking against players taking advantage of the game, which has more than 30 million players. In the post, Blizzard urges Overwatch players to make use of the game's reporting system, calling attention to players engage in abusive chat or harassment, spam, match inactivity and griefing. Violating players will either be silenced, suspended or banned from the game.
"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 said.
The Overwatch reporting system is currently limited to just PC, but Blizzard said it does have plans of bringing it to the Xbox One and PC in the future. According to the post, it wants to implement similar reporting options that PC players have, as well as adding all the improvements found on the platform.
"We are actively working on the feature and have many elements of undergoing internal testing right now," it said.
Overwatch was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 24, 2016. It has since proved a massive success for developer-publisher Blizzard. For more on the game and its players, read our profile of Brandon "Seagull" Larned, the world's most famous Overwatch player, or our chat with game director Jeff Kaplan about why being famous freaks him out.