In order to remove toxic and spam comments on Twitch chat, Blizzard are implementing a moderation system requiring users to connect their Twitch and Battle.net accounts. This will be tested on the Overwatch Contenders quarterfinals.
Blizzard are trying to create a healthy environment and remove toxic comments from Twitch for the upcoming Overwatch Contenders quarterfinal event. They will try to achieve this by implementing a chat moderation system, and those who want to comment during the quarterfinals will have to link their Twitch and Battle.net accounts.
The company said they are continuously trying to make the Overwatch League enjoyable for the viewers. "We’re always testing out new ways to improve the viewer experience for the Overwatch Path to Pro ecosystem," is written in the statement on the Overwatch Contenders website.
Users who try to engage in Twitch chat before linking their accounts will get an automatic message to remind them of the new rules. For those who are unfamiliar with Twitch's linking feature, you can find it under the Connections option which is located in the Settings menu.
Blizzard haven't really talked about what kind of disciplinary action will they take against users who become involved in toxic behaviour, or what exactly qualifies as toxic behaviour in the first place. Will they ban those users from both platforms or just lock them out for a couple of days remains to be seen.
This decision already raised many eyebrows on YouTube and Reddit. While some claim that it's a great move that will sanitise Twitch chat from toxic content such as racist comments, memes and emojis, others are pretty skeptic.
Some players say that Blizzard even bans for posting flags of competing team's countries so it wouldn't be surprising to see them continue with such harsh actions.
Anyway, Overwatch Contenders quarterfinals are set to start on 28 December 2018, so we won't have to wait long to see if Blizzard's new moderation system succeeds.
Matches that will be played today are T1W E-Sports Club versus Lucky Future, and Lingan Esports will look for a win against LGD Gaming. A complete list of matches can be found on Overwatch Contenders Schedule page.