Overwatch has had a long history of toxicity, something which Blizzard has attempted to control. Now, it seems the Overwatch 2 Closed Beta has brought back the toxicity.
Overwatch 2’s Closed Beta has arrived and many heroes have been changed or even completely reworked.
It seems the popularity of Overwatch has returned with the beta, seeing as it rose to the most viewed game spot on Twitch.
And while the excitement of returning to Overwatch’s solid team-based shooting is great, one thing isn’t as good.
Despite years and years of ongoing attempts by Blizzard to control it, Overwatch’s community is just as toxic as it was in its infancy.
Years On, Overwatch’s Community is Still as Toxic as Ever
Overwatch 2’s Beta exclusivity, alongside many returning competitive players, is bringing back the toxic nature.
It has been a few years since I played Overwatch’s competitive mode. Despite playing consistently, it seemed that my enjoyment fell off.
However, the excitement and refreshing nature of Overwatch 2 is likely to bring back fans, as well as newcomers who find the series interesting.
And I don’t doubt that many of Overwatch’s casual (or former competitive players) feel the same way. I think we all missed Overwatch and how solid the experience it was.
However, while many of Overwatch’s casual audience will be returning, the toxic players have also returned. Of course, if they never left in the first place.
Most matches of Overwatch 2’s Beta will contain a few players who poke fun at the enemies. Messages of “EZ”, “GG EZ”, and similar messages will fill up the match chat.
And while these messages themselves aren’t bad, they open the gate to insulting, mean-spirited comments which drive casual audiences away.
I’ve seen messages of teammates communicating with the enemy team, showing their dislike of a fellow team member. Or complaining non-stop that other players are bad, despite offering the same value as the rest of the team.
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Of course, you’re likely to get toxicity in any multiplayer game. It’s almost impossible to stop. However, Overwatch has seemingly had this problem for years.
And while trash-talking is primarily visible in competitive modes, Overwatch 2’s Closed Beta is currently quick matches – the casual match system.
It’s not hard to see that Overwatch’s casual audience could turn away from the series if the toxic members of Overwatch prevail. If anything, it’s more than likely. Those who have kept to Overwatch are likely to gatekeep harder than returning fans.
So, what should be done? Currently, not much. Overwatch 2’s Closed Beta testing means that it won’t last long. However, with the introduction of the Ping mechanic, a few changes can be made.
How to Stop Some Toxicity in Overwatch 2
- Disable match chat outside of Overwatch 2’s equivalent of Overwatch workshop and Arcade modes.
- Allow players to mute others from text chat in-game, both teammates and enemies.
Of course, these are only ideas. However, since Overwatch has been left to stagnate during Overwatch 2 development, and with the hype of the series returning, finding ways around the toxic players is necessary.
While Blizzard is currently focusing on popular Streamers’ and pro-players feedback, they need to keep an ear out for the casual audience’s opinion. After all, the casual players will be the difference between selling well or not.
Hopefully, Overwatch 2 will bring back the casual players from the original Overwatch, further thinning out the toxic players.
If you were lucky enough to get into the Overwatch 2 Closed Beta, check out our guides for new and changed heroes: