Blizzard is doing a big event in their MOBA Heroes of the Storm right now. In this event, they’re offering skins for Overwatch characters if you fulfill certain requirements. Mainly, playing certain matches a specific number of times. This is meant to raise interest in Heroes of the Storm 2.0, and in a way, it’s working, because many people are playing it for D.Va and Genji skins. However, there’s a backlash going on as well.
First, people that were excited by the exclusivity of the skins (because you need a PC to play HOTS and get them) were bummed to find out that they would be going to standard Lootboxes later on this year. But also, there are those who are angry by this whole event because now Heroes of the Storm is going to be “flooded” by those who only want the Overwatch skins. And this is getting a lot of hate sent to both sides. Reddit user MadMoxxLP is asking for peace between the two sides, but also for the Overwatch players doing the event to respect the Heroes of the Storm players who play the game long-term:
“I really encourage all of the players coming from Overwatch to at least try to play the game properly and have a little fun,” he asks.
He notes that a lot of people are just jumping into matches then going AFK (away from keyboard) in order to get the win, and thus get one step closer to the Overwatch skins. While not cheating, it is bad behavior and in many players’ minds, it takes away from the fun of the game.
Other Reddit users weighed in on this, many agreeing that the Overwatch community should respect HOTS players during this event. Some noted, though, that the hate goes both ways, so one community isn’t entirely to blame. A few admitted that MadMoxxLP was right in that the game was fun:
“I actually had fun playing hots,” said user Pedrocbar.
So if you take part in this event, please be respectful of all who take part in it. Whether you’re new to Heroes of the Storm, or a veteran, everyone deserves respect.