Blizzard permanently banned a stream sniper who ruined thousands of games across several accounts. He harassed streamers such as TimTheTatMan and emongg.
A few days ago, TimTheTatMan, one of the most famous Overwatch streamers, explained he wanted to stop streaming the game due to the constant stream-sniping from a Symmetra One-Trick.
Tim genuinely enjoys playing Overwatch and its teamplay, but he was losing all interest as almost all his recent games have been ruined. He wished for Blizzard to take action against such players.
The clip ended on Reddit, where Blizzard offered an official response in less than 24 hours.
Griffin Bennett, Overwatch Social Media Manager, declared that after a meticolous investigation they resolved to ban the player permanently on all his present and future accounts.
Please note that being a One-Trick isn’t a bannable offense.
This player has been punished because he deliberately ruined the games for thousands of players. Among the others, he also persecuted the streamer emongg in over 400 games.
On Reddit, u/Blizz_Griffin also pointed out that the Overwatch team is doing their best to fight against such players, and that they represent only a very small percentage of the population.
He also offered a direct contact to all players, on Twitter or on Discord, to deal with these extreme forms of harassment. Still, he is just one person so he won’t be able to answer personally to all inquiries.
Personally, I am glad that Blizzard acted, and hope in the future they will have a better system to report players whose goal is just ruining other people’s games.
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Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on @SkulzDota.