Overwatch's new Junkertown map is now playable on the PTR

Overwatch's game director Jeff Kaplan called out a player complaining about being banned from the game by revealing out the number of complaints that was filed against them

In fact, it's already been recorded. There is a slight twist however, if a player selects Mercy and a resurrection occurs before the respawn, a point will be deducted from the other team's score.

"In the short term, we are re-evaluating every punishment and are in the process of converting silences over to suspensions", he explained. There is also a manual GM account suspension for "massive griefing" levied.

In the short term, Kaplan says the team are re-evaluating every punishment and are now in the process of on converting silences - a sanction that mutes players who've been reported for verbal abuse - into suspensions. "Pretty soon, we hope for silences to go away altogether and only have suspensions and bans for punishments". This system will, "let you know when someone you've reported has been actioned", hopefully meaning fans won't feel like their feedback is falling on deaf ears. In case you're unfamiliar, the PTR is the Public Test Realm in which Blizzard uses it as a platform to test out patches and upcoming content for their games.

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As for the medium term, Kaplan said Blizzard plans to completely ban repeated competitive offenders. The Overwatch director noted that his team wishes it could focus more on making the game fun, but "because people seem to lack self-control" and "abuse anonymity and free speech", the developer knows it has to spend "a tremendous amount of [its] time and resources policing the community".

"It really bums us out to spend so much time punishing people for being bad sports". Kaplan added "we're going to be way more aggressive with boosting/throwing or any sort of SR manipulation" and "We have some very smart people who are getting very good at detecting this behavior and we are actively building systems (and punishments) around SR abuse".

"We're working hard to make changes". Like it or not, this is an "us, the OW community problem" and not just an "OW team problem".

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