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    Default Blizzard Overwatch Controversy

    So, earlier today a guy named Fuey500 who is an overwatch grand-master of the character Torbjorn (meaning he is very highly ranked with that character) received a 24 hour ban for "One Tricking". One tricking is defined as "only playing one character". The reason it is a "problem" is because Torbjorn is a character that is not very good in the meta. So a player that picks him in competitive mode is viewed as someone who is purposely throwing the game. Despite that, this guy only ever plays the character that he likes, and that he feels comfortable with. He routinely (apparently) gets threatened with violent/death, harassed, and reported for this choice of character.

    A blizzard GM banned him for only playing the one character after his teammates reported him for One-Tricking.

    The community is in an uproar over it, and this is blizzard's official response to the issue:

    Josh Engen, Overwatch Community Manager
    I just wanted to chime in and make sure that everyone knows that we’re currently digging into the reports, investigating this ban, and thinking about how this type of situation affects specialized players and their teammates.
    We take both sides of the issue very seriously. We believe that players should be able to choose their favorite heroes, but playing as a team (which includes building an effective team composition) is a core part of the Overwatch experience. It’s a delicate balance, and we’re still working on getting it right (and probably always will be).
    If you’ve been playing Blizzard games for a while, you’ve probably heard us use the phrase “Play nice; play fair.” It’s like a mantra around the Blizzard campus, and it’s a big part of the way that we approach situations like this. People tend to focus on the “playing fair” part, but they forget about “playing nice.” Sometimes that means switching off at your teammates' request, and sometimes that means working around your teammate’s specialization.
    Either way, Overwatch is more fun when everyone is playing nice.
    Thank you for your patience as we investigate this situation, and thank you for your passion/enthusiasm about Overwatch.

    Oh, I should note. Fuey500 has a 58% winrate and is a top 500 player in the world. He's really fucking good with Torbjorn.
    Last edited by Zavon; 11-11-2017 at 08:15 PM.
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