Blizzard's Kaplan says more than 480000 Overwatch accounts have faced disciplinary action

Jeff Kaplan says almost 500,000 Overwatch accounts have been banned because of behavior problems

Specifically, Kaplan explained that Blizzard has taken action against over 480,000 accounts in Overwatch as a result of poor player behavior or toxicity, with almost 2/3 of that amount coming from players that have directly reported others players.

Kapkan mentions that the Overwatch team have taken 480,000 account actions since the launch of the game in early 2016. The team is now in the process of converting silences into suspensions in the hope of eventually phasing silences out as a punishment altogether in favor of suspensions (which will be extended) and bans. Basically, extreme offenders will "strike out" of the game much quicker.

Kaplan states that toxicity in the game has gotten steadily worse as the game's audience has grown and that it hasn't shown any signs of improvement.

Overwatch has serious issues with toxic players, and in recent months, those problems only seem to have gotten worse.

Yesterday, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan talked about the impact of Overwatch's toxicity problem in a developer update video titled "Play Nice, Play Fair".

Kaplan first hinted at Blizzard's plans for dealing with toxicity in an Overwatch forum post back in August.

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"Our highest level philosophy is, if you are a bad person doing bad things in Overwatch, we don't want you in Overwatch", said Kaplan in the latest Overwatch Developer Update video. "We like making cool, fun game systems - that's what we do for a living".

For the next changes to the game, check our roundup of Overwatch patch 1.15.

Kaplan stressed the company's ultimate aim is to create a game space that's as inclusive as possible, but also implored the community to take a "deep look inwards" and think about how they engage and interact with one another.

If you've ever played games online, then you've no doubt experienced players who behave in a toxic manner.

The Overwatch director went on to say that the Blizzard team does want to focus more on creating new features, maps, animated shorts and much more.

Kaplan also explains how he hopes the community can help to improve this situation. "But we've been put into this weird position where we're spending a tremendous amount of time and resources punishing people and trying to make people behave better".

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