Overwatch has done its fair share to encourage a positive experience, and now it’s gone so far as to speak for its (lazier) players.
The Overwatch community has been beset by problems with poor sportsmanship, from having to require a ten-minute penalty for those who leave competitive matches early, to having to add leaving penalties for quick matches, to a whirlwind of cheater bans resulting in DDoS attacks against Blizzard.
Blizzard’s most recent patch works on a lot of balance for Season 2 and increases leaver penalites, but it also does something sneakier that doesn’t appear in the patch notes: It speaks for players who type “gg ez” or “ggez”.
“gg ez” is the sore winner’s mantra, “g[ood] g[ame]” said sarcastically, followed by a declaration that the last match was “ez” (easy). If you type this into the chat, Blizzard now sends out one of many canned responses for you. See below:
- “Ah shucks… you guys are the best!”
- “C’mon, Mom! One more game before you tuck me in. Oops mistell.”
- “For glory and honor! Huzzah comrades!”
- “Gee whiz! That was fun.”
- “Good game! Best of luck to you all!”
- “I could really use a hug right now.”
- “I feel very, very small… Please hold me…”
- “I’m wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life but thank you all for playing with me.”
- “It was an honor to play with you all. Thank you.”
- “It’s past my bedtime. Please don’t tell my mommy.”
- “Mommy says people my age shouldn’t suck their thumbs.”
- “Well played. I salute you all.”
- “Wishing you all the best.”
And my personal favorite:
- “I’m trying to be a nicer person. It’s hard, but I am trying, guys.”
This may just result in people spamming “gg ez” for a laugh, but at least its a laugh that can be shared.