Toxic behavior from players when it comes to multiplayer games aren’t new and to be honest it is to be expected. However companies like Blizzard have been trying out various ways to deal with such players, whether it be taking tougher stances and reporting features, and it looks like they might have come up with another solution: muting these players.
In the game’s latest patch that was released recently, it seems that Overwatch players on the Xbox One will no longer have to listen to other toxic players. This is because the patch will now disable voice chat for players who have been marked as “Avoid Me” on Xbox Live. This means that these players will not be able to voice chat with other players, which could potentially reduce some of the abuse.
According to Blizzard, “Players whose Xbox Live reputation has been downgraded to ‘Avoid Me’ will remain in the same matchmaking pool as other Overwatch players. However, they will no longer be able to use the in-game voice communication.” Prior to this, gamers who had the “Avoid Me” reputation could still use voice chat, but were put into their own matchmaking pool which resulted in higher matchmaking times.
With this change, these players will now be back in the same matchmaking pool as the rest, just that they’ll be muted when it comes to voice chat. Whether or not this will improve the game remains to be seen, but it is clear that Blizzard is annoyed by having to deal with toxic behavior as they have previously said that this ultimately slows down updates that they can make to the game.