kotaku.com - 10 days ago
Blizzard Says Fighting Toxic Behavior Is Slowing Down Overwatch Updates
Overwatch has serious issues with toxic players, and in recent months, those problems only seem to have gotten worse.
Blizzard swears up and down that it’s working to improve player behavior, but according to game director Jeff Kaplan, those efforts are taking a direct toll on other aspects of the game’s development. In a new video, Kaplan explained that poorly behaved players have essentially poured toxic goop into the works of the Overwatch team’s development machine, slowing down the creation of other features. Advertisement “We want to make new maps, we want to make new heroes, we want to make animated shorts,” Kaplan said. “But we’ve been put in this weird position where we’re spending a tremendous amount of time and resources punishing people and trying to make people behave better.” He then offered a concrete example: the recent addition of a reporting feature on consoles. “I wish we could take the time we put into having reporting on console and have put that toward a match history system or a replay system instead,” he said. “It was the exact same people that had to work on both, who got re-routed to work on the other.
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