Cheaters, griefers, and mic spammers beware: the Overwatch reporting system is improving. What’s more, penalties for bad behavior are being increased effective immediately according to a post from Community Manga Lylirra on the game’s official forums.

The post opens with affirming Blizzard Entertainment’s commitment to encouraging fair and respectful gameplay. To that end, they are committing resources over the next year to improve the reporting system and the results it produces. The first step in this process is an increase in penalties for people who are disrupting the game by cheating, spamming chat, griefing, or using abusive language. This increase in penalties is taking place effective immediately, meaning that any reports that Blizzard acts on from today forward will be dealt with in a much harsher manner than before.

Improvements to the report system itself are also on the way. Firstly, a function will be built in that penalizes players who abuse the reporting tool itself. Secondly, competitive season bans will be scaled – this can be interpreted to mean that ban lengths will be variable in some fashion. Lastly, a notification system will be created that lets you know when a report you have made has had action taken against the offender by Blizzard.

PC Players can use the Overwatch reporting system in-game, but PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners don’t yet have that option. Blizzard is currently testing a reporting system similar to that of the PC version for consoles. They hope to make it available for both platforms as soon as they reasonably can and with all of the functionality that the upgraded PC version of the reporting system will have.

What do you think of the improvements made to the Overwatch reporting system? What is the situation like for console players of the game? What do you think a reporting system for a game like this should have as part of its feature set? Let us know in the comments below!

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