Join us! Nintendo Enthusiast Forums
dark        

Blizzard nixes Overwatch's 'Avoid this player' feature

0

It has 'impacted the matchmaker in a negative way'

Today on the Overwatch front we learned that, yes, it is possible to be too skilled.

Blizzard has issued a patch on PC to disable the "Avoid this player" functionality because it is "not currently performing in a way that [it feels] is healthy for the game." Folks have been using it as a catch-all to get out of competing with proficient players rather than as a tool to avoid miscreants.

"Although we like the idea of being able to say 'hey, I'd prefer not to play with this player,' the implementation of this mechanic is not where it needs to be, so we've disabled it and will be removing the UI option in a future patch," Blizzard wrote in its patch notes. The change will seemingly make it over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions "at a later date."

Anecdotally, game director Jeff Kaplan spoke about an Overwatch player who has suffered from the system. "One of the best Widowmaker players in the world complained to us about long queue times. We looked into it and found that hundreds of other players had avoided him (he's a nice guy -- they avoided him because they did not want to play against him, not because of misbehavior). The end result was that it took him an extremely long time to find a match. The worst part was, by the time he finally got a match, he had been waiting so long that the system had 'opened up' to lower skill players. Now one of the best Widowmaker players was facing off against players at a lower skill level."

In short, "The system was designed with the best intent. But the results were pretty disastrous."

I'll say this much: Overwatch is a hell of a lot more fun once you accept that you can't win 'em all. That's what I keep telling myself as I rack up huge spirit-breaking losing streaks, anyway.

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 21, 2016 [Battle.net]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up

 
 

 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Jordan Devore
Jordan DevoreCo-EIC   gamer profile

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst... more + disclosures


 


 


Also on destructoid: Overwatch   (619)   From our database:

  • The 2019 Overwatch League schedule is jam-packed - Jordan Devore
  • Overwatch kicks off Winter Wonderland with an amazing Krampus skin - Jordan Devore
  • Overwatch shows off its Winter Wonderland skins - Jordan Devore
  • Save your coins! Overwatch's Winter Wonderland begins next week - Jordan Devore
  • Overwatch's Ashe can be played in competitive now - Chris Carter
  • Today's Overwatch patch brings out Ashe and more balance changes - Jordan Devore
  • Overwatch announces European Cosplay Battle tournament - Chris Moyse
  • Blizzard is developing more PVE and story events for Overwatch - Chris Carter
  • We'll have to reinstall Overwatch when the next major update drops - Jordan Devore
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Blizzard #multiplayer #Overwatch #PC #Shooters #Updates

    READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...


    LET'S KEEP THE COMMUNITY GREAT


    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!



     
     
  •