A couple of days ago, Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan talked about the ‘Avoid This Player’ feature in detail on the Battle.net forums. This feature was added to the game in order to avoid toxic players and online harassment. However, players have started abusing it. Kaplan announced that the ‘Avoid This Player’ feature will soon be removed from the game due to many players complaining about it.
Kaplan explained that players had used the ‘Avoid This Player’ feature as a response to someone’s skill level, rather than their behavior:
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. As a result, we’ve disabled the Avoid system (the UI will go away in an upcoming patch). The system was designed with the best intent. But the results were pretty disastrous.
This shows how the players are abusing this feature and ruining the game for other players. This is not what the ‘Avoid This Player’ feature was intended for.
Kaplan also mentioned that his team is constantly working on improving the players’ gaming experience and he takes everyone’s feedback into consideration. He said there is always room for improvement and his team is working hard to make Overwatch as entertaining as possible. Matchmaking is constantly being worked on and the team hopes to provide the best gaming experience possible.
The ‘Avoid This Player’ feature will be removed from Overwatch in the upcoming update. The update is set to come out by the end of June. It will introduce the new Competitive Mode as well as new cosmetics to the game.