Everybody who plays games knows that not everybody else who plays games is the sort of person you want to play games with. Maybe they’re obnoxious trolls, maybe they’re verbally abusive, maybe they play loud rap music in the public voice channel and make specious claims about your mom’s reproductive choices.
Or maybe they’re just much better than you, and you can’t deal.
And this is why we can’t have nice things.
Blizzard has disabled Overwatch‘s “avoid this player” feature in the PC version of the game, because according to the most recent update notes, “it’s not currently performing in a way that we feel is healthy for the game”.
Over on Battle.net’s forums, game director Jeff Kaplan explains exactly what the problem is.
“We recently realized that ‘Avoid this player’ was wreaking havoc on matchmaking. 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,” he writes. “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.”
Guys, the best counter to Widowmaker is Genji or D.Va. Or Reaper. Or Torbjörn. Or even Junkrat. Or a superior Widowmaker. Not nuh-uhing.
Snipers are dicks, though.