To celebrate the new year Blizzard Entertainment decided they would remove a large portion of Overwatch accounts from the South Korean playerbase for toxicity. Say goodbye to a staggering 18,000 toxic players.
For those that are unaware, each season the South Korean Overwatch team cleans out their player-base of those who have displayed toxic behavior. The numbers and names of the punished accounts are published online. This seasons data has come from the South Korean Overwatch forums and is detailed over three fully sized posts and also revealed that Blizzard Entertainment has wiped away exactly 18,188 Overwatch accounts. The reasons they were banned come under the various punishable offenses.
Back in July 2018, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan said that the general initiative and methods Blizzard have of cracking down on player behavior has had quite a positive influence. According to Kaplan, abusive chat on American competitive servers was down 26.4 percent, and in South Korea it was down 16.4 percent. It was also mentioned that daily player abuse in America and South Korea falled down 28.8 percent and 21.6 percent. Blizzard just doesn't put up with the toxicity and props to them for doing so as well, no one likes a feeder or someone AFK in the competitive game.