Overwatch 2 Enforces Strict Profanity Rules, Resulting in Player Bans

Blizzard's strict enforcement of profanity rules in Overwatch 2 is causing backlash, with players facing bans for swearing in text chat.
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Overwatch 2 players are getting banned for using rude language in text chats, which has caused some disagreement in the game’s community. The stricter enforcement of the game’s rules has been criticized for being applied without considering the situation. It’s strange to see this kind of thing banned when it’s a part of the language for many, so we’re expecting to hear about more bans.

The problem arose when a player asked about their banned Overwatch 2 account on social media (Thanks, Kotaku). According to Blizzard’s customer service, the ban was due to “inappropriate language” in text chat, including common swear words. This caused debate because it seemed inconsistent with the game’s universe, where some characters use profanity, and there’s a profanity filter in Overwatch 2.

According to Blizzard’s customer service, the profanity filter is meant to help players avoid offensive language rather than as a tool to prevent swearing. This explanation has caused frustration within the community, as many believe the focus should be on stopping abusive behavior, such as harassment and threats, instead of on common swear words.

What’s bad is that the company won’t show you what you’ve said, which gets you banned, so there’s no way to deny it. Many users have accents that put them into situations where it sounds like a swear but isn’t. We’ve seen Twitch ban users for what sounds like a curse but isn’t. Unfortunately, without that accountability, Blizzard may run rampant with it.

Overwatch gamers are worried about how a new policy might affect their in-game communication. They are concerned that accidental reports and possible bans could make them less likely to use text chat, which is an important tool for working together and planning strategies in the game.

While Blizzard says this policy has always been in place, the current strict enforcement feels like a big change from Overwatch 1, which came out almost eight years ago. This inconsistency contributes to the community’s frustration.

Several popular Overwatch content creators and streamers have expressed criticism of the policy and Blizzard’s response. Social media platforms and forums reflect a widespread sentiment that this enforcement is considered an overcorrection, leading to an overly sanitized environment that overlooks the context in which profanity is used. It’s just silly at a certain point.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar, also known as Aggy, is the current Assigning Editor.

He started his career as an esports, influencer, and streaming writer for Sportskeeda. He then moved to GFinity Esports to cover streaming, games, guides, and news before moving to the Social team where he ended his time as the Lead of Social Content.

He also worked a writer and editor for both Pro Game Guides and Dot Esports, and as a writer for PC Invasion, Attack of the Fanboy, and Android Police. Aggy is the former Managing Editor and Operations Overseer of N4G Unlocked and a former Gaming editor for WePC.

Throughout his time in the industry, he's trained over 100 writers, written thousands of articles on multiple sites, written more reviews than he cares to count, and edited tens of thousands of articles. He has also written some games published by Tales, some books, and a comic sold to Telus International.

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