Overwatch semi-pro finals will require chat participants to link their Battle.net accounts

    
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Stop being a JERK.

Gosh, it’s really hard to get people to stop being screaming monsters on Twitch chat, huh? Blizzard has been dealing with this problem with Overwatch for a long while, and seeing as how that’s the game the company wants to be family-friendly and a nice shiny bastion of support (with a side order of e-sports) it’s a problem when even professional players act like turds in chat. So the finals for the Overwatch Contenders (the semi-pro prelude to the professional League) are trying something new in the form of forcing chat participants to link their Battle.net accounts and their Twitch accounts.

Of course, this new policy doesn’t actually mention anything in the way of additional penalties for acting like a screaming monster in chat. Sure, the powers that be will have your Battle.net account, but that just makes it possible to find you, and with active chat moderation this just would mean one more account where you’re getting moderated. But, hey, it’s a new thing that’s being tried. Let’s hope it makes the chat less of a tire fire.

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Danny Smith

“So we have taken a bit of a hit this year, but we believe Blizzard is a strong brand and nothing tests that strength like demonising our consumers, treating them as innocent presumed guilty and basically fostering less consumer engagement which we really think will make this out next brood war esports darling. F-fourteenth times the charm, right?”

*Activision spending advisor leans forward, pinches bridge of nose and winces with tired distain*

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Dobablo

I guess the carrot method of rewarding viewers with skins and emotes if they liked their accounts want sufficient so now we get the stick. Unsurprising really. By offering similar things for money they couldn’t be generous with the rewards without undercutting their own money-grubbing operations.

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BalsBigBrother

Well that is one way to ensure a smaller audience for all those sponsor ads they play but hey it will be a family friendly stream.

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Soy

They will get views just less chat participation.

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Veldara

It’s a win win either way, less people chatting less work.

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Danny Smith

Nothing says families getting together during the holidays like screeching esports shoutcasters, that old classic ditty of “oh hes done it, oup, but now they done it again!” what memories.