Blizzard's Kaplan says more than 480,000 Overwatch accounts have faced disciplinary action

Blizzard's Kaplan says more than 480,000 Overwatch accounts have faced disciplinary action

Game maker Blizzard has taken disciplinary action against nearly half a million Overwatch players.

This was revealed by game director Jeff Kaplan in a developer update video, in which he wanted to talk about the “rising tide of toxicity” in the Overwatch community. The report feature, previously only found in the PC version, is launching on console.

Kaplan said that 480,000 accounts had had action taken against them, with 340,000 of these being the result of 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. Overwatch should be an inclusive game space; it’s an inclusive and aspirational universe and the gameplay experience should match what Overwatch is hoping to achieve.”

Kaplan went on to say that the community needs to own up to their role in creating a great game space. 

The developer also said that the team would rather be making new animations, skins and animated shorts for the title, but their time was being wasted by having to manage the community. 

This follows Kaplan providing a road map for how it will be managing the growing toxicity of the Overwatch community last month.

The full video can be found below:

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