An Overwatch Pro player was suddenly suspended during a game recently, which has ignited a debate over false reporting. Felix “xQc” Lengyel was playing a competitive game when he was booted all of a sudden, before being informed he had been banned.
This occurred during a game with his teammates, leaving them a man down during the rest of the match. The ban was accompanied by an email from a no-reply address from Blizzard on stream, stating his ban will last for 72 hours for “misuse of reporting system.” The message continued to state it refers to reporting fellow players to stop them from being able to play.
False reporting is pretty self-explanatory, meaning that you report a player without reason. A kind of witch hunt, if you will. The reporting feature is there for good reason, in order to help Blizzard moderate players who set out to ruin the game for others, be that by being abusive, spamming or ruining games intentionally.
What’s strange is there isn’t much information regarding what information is taken from the reports, and whether or not they are truthful. Players on Reddit have pointed out that his report may have had a good reason, based on a player from a previous game who refused to switch off a hero.
Blizzard are yet to comment on the situation.