Blizzard finds a way to moderate Twitch chat by linking Battle.net accounts
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Twitch chat is usually a helluva mess, and the developers' desire to moderate it is totally understandable. You don't want to have an unhealthy and toxic community ruining the efforts put into your games, do you? This is the case for Blizzard regarding Overwatch esports events being streamed on Twitch - and the developers have found a clever way to battle the inappropriate behavior in chat.
Once again, it all starts with competitive Overwatch streaming - and with Overwatch Contenders in particular. Quarterfinals' chat is being moderated by linking the users' accounts with their Battle.net profiles, and in case of raging offences Blizzard can react correspondingly. The new system is already being implemented, and you clearly don't want to risk your Battle.net account by swearing or leaving racist slurs in public chat. Looks like Blizzard is tired of trying to find a civilized way to deal with trolls, and here comes the first wave of actual restrictions.
There're obviously pros and cons to that. On one side, the new system allows to maintain a transparent and strictly moderated communication within the Twitch chat thus resulting in healthier conversations between members of the community. On the other side, Blizzard is infamous with its obsession over controlling every aspect of its games often going too far than it is actually necessary - and this particular move serves as a great example of trying to solve the problem without fixing it in the first place.
Blizzard fans have always been vocal about stuff they don't like, and it looks like that the new system is not met well enough. Users are not satisfied with this uncovered surveillance, and the very situation marks another link in a chain of unpopular decisions by Blizzard in the recent months. How many more can the community handle?