In a response to a post on the Overwatch forums (via Eurogamer), the game’s director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the company will be toughening their stance on toxic behavior exhibited by players in the game. According to Kaplan, “We have short, medium and long term plans and we haven’t done a great job in communicating all of these things to you.”
“In the short term we are re-evaluating every punishment and are in the process of converting silences over to suspensions. We’re also increasing the length of suspensions. Pretty soon, we hope for silences to go away all together and only have suspensions and bans for punishments.”
This should come as good news to gamers who might have come across toxic players in the game. This is also not the first time that Blizzard is trying to crack down on bad behavior in the game, especially with an upcoming update that is expected to introduce the reporting feature to consoles, and with Blizzard’s no-nonsense approach to cheaters.