From the earliest days of the Overwatch League, Blizzard struggled to get fans and even professional players to behave in twitch chat. Whether spamming emotes or simply providing insulting messages, every week of the Overwatch League meant more and more bans. However, as we move into the league's second season, Blizzard is trying to combat Twitch's toxicity with a new program that will be first tested during Overwatch Contenders.
Contenders, the semi-professional division of the Overwatch League, hosts its own broadcasts on a twitch channel, separate from Blizzard's Pro League. On this channel, Blizzard is conducting the first tests of a new chat moderation system.
Viewers wishing to participate in Twitch Chat during Overwatch Contenders streams must link their Battle.net accounts to their Twitch accounts. The restriction, Blizzard hopes, will lead to "a more positive viewing experience."
This new chat program will present its first test during the Overwatch Contenders season, resulting in three quarter-finals December 28 through January 12, 2019.