The report system in Overwatch has been the center of mass debate among fans for quite some time now. Whilst console players had to do without the feature for a long period, even the PC version had problems of its own. Many players questioned just how functional and effective the feature actually was, resulting in it becoming one of the primary causes of toxicity within the community.
A recent discussion on the Overwatch forums has prompted a response from Blizzard, after user ZeroSymbolic claimed they had been silence banned on PS4 on three different occasions, emphasizing that they hadn’t used the microphone in-game. This led to the assumption that the report system on the PS4 version in particular was completely broken, though Overwatch principal designer Scott Mercer had another theory.
According to Mercer, who posted an excerpt from the game’s report form, you can also be banned for constantly spamming the same voice lines:
Abusive Chat is: Any form of hateful, discriminatory, obscene, or disruptive communications. Threatening or harassing another player on either team is also unacceptable, regardless of the words used. So YES, if you spam character voice lines in a way that is either disruptive or would be considered harassment, then you could be actioned.
So there you have it. If you feel the need to continuously spam players with voice lines, expect to be slapped with a ban somewhere down the line.
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