While I agree that there’s some nuance (they’re not so much banned for “one tricking” as they are getting reported for trolling the game or whatever and Blizzard is allowing those bans to stand) the guy in that video isn’t the one I was referring to. There have been a few bans that recently happened, and the GM level Torb streamer (Fuey) is well known and well liked for actually being a fairly non-toxic Overwatch player. He was even playing as Reinhardt when he got banned.
If picking a “non-optimal” character becomes a bannable offense that Blizzard lets stand, they’re handing over a lot of power to a very small, very vocal, and very toxic section of their playerbase that loves to abuse the report function, all while the actual problems plaguing competitive - like this same toxic playerbase - goes unmoderated.
EDIT: I will add that Blizzard did respond that they’re looking into it…
Posted by Josh Engen
I just wanted to chime in and make sure that everyone knows that we’re currently digging into the reports, investigating this ban, and thinking about how this type of situation effects specialized players and their teammates.
We take both sides of the issue very seriously. We believe that players should be able to choose their favorite heroes, but playing as a team (which includes building an effective team composition) is a core part of the Overwatch experience. It’s a delicate balance, and we’re still working on getting it right (and probably always will be).
If you’ve been playing Blizzard games for a while, you’ve probably heard us use the phrase “Play nice; play fair.” It’s like a mantra around the Blizzard campus, and it’s a big part of the way that we approach situations like this. People tend to focus on the “playing fair” part, but they forget about “playing nice.” Sometimes that means switching off at your teammates’ request, and sometimes that means working around your teammate’s specialization.
Either way, Overwatch is more fun when everyone is playing nice.
Thank you for your patience as we investigate this situation, and thank you for your passion/enthusiasm about Overwatch.
Again though, this is the kind of stuff that is going to impact certain players a hell of a lot more than it’s going to impact people who instapick a DPS and report everyone else who doesn’t play what they tell them to.