Heroes of the Storm

Some people who play MOBAs are jerks who love to abuse other players — teammates and opponents — in chat. This should come as no surprise to anyone. But Blizzard’s taking an unusual step to try and literally silence these kinds of players in Heroes of the Storm.

When the next patch hits, you’ll be able to report players for a wide range of different behavior, including abusive chat, feeding, and chat spamming. If a player receives enough negative reports for abuse or chat spam, he or she will be silenced for 24 hours, unable to send messages through most channels. The next time that player gets dinged, the silence duration will be doubled… and then doubled again… and then doubled again, with no upper limit. As the blog post on the new feature puts it,

This means that players who receive multiple silence penalties may find themselves unable to chat for a very, very long time.

It may not be perfect, and there will still be abusive players who manage to circumvent the rules somehow, but hey, at least they’re trying!

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. derpina on September 8, 2015

    HotS had a chat? Been playin since CB…. No one chated. Why do these companies not have a “chat off” button? Oh yeah… Marketing. Its a scam to intice you like a passive aggressive taunt to play their game.
    What toxic moba is?
    Low pingers.
    Afkers
    Leavers.
    Feeeders.
    Recently: Bots.

  2. Jafarson on September 8, 2015

    what about russians???????????? they will still type shit in RUSSIAN and no one will get it….
    lol is better in one thing… they have russian server for russians. Hots needs too

    • derpina on September 8, 2015

      In EU lol I use French cuss words and german and spanish. We all do no bans. Only bans if you use F word. And US is stricter (when I hop regions only US says “language gets you punished”. Lolll. If you have time to type in a MOBA your playing wrong.

  3. BogusTruth on September 8, 2015

    Silencing would do well against those who spam or abuse their social privileges in game, HOWEVER Feeding? You don’t have to chat to feed. Just ban them.

    Or better yet give them their own hate filled server. Don’t let them join the ranks of those who just want to play and have fun. Just Shadow ban them to a different server for a certain amount of time. Repeat offenses gets them permanently banned.

    Old solution i had was to put a clause in the terms and conditions that if you were found with irrefutable evidence that you are abusing your privilege as a gamer (casual, hardcore, participant, or otherwise) then you fine them in game coin and supplies OR if you really want to make them hurt ip ban them until they pay a modest but potentially cumulative fine (5.00 – 10.00+ USD) depending on how many time they keep breaking the rules.

    • WildALEX on September 8, 2015

      Let me start by saying I am all for banning those who are abusive or just throw the game and start jokeing and feeding intentionaly,with that said…
      The problem with your solution is most of the time players will shout feeding on people who actualy try to play the game or dont even actualy drag the team down,just pure anger.
      There have been so many report on online game where the report was false.
      So I ask you this will you be ok with baning players who abuse the report system and do false claims?(since it happens so many times).
      Also the fine 5-10 USD is not bad as an ideea but with what I said above imagine the PR ….Blizard would be crushed ,would be sucide in a cuple of days.

    • Details on September 8, 2015

      I don’t think Winter or Blizzard mean they will mute people for feeding, just that it is among the new reportable options. I would imagine only chat reports would get you muted.

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