Toxicity is extremely common in gaming, and apparently it does much more than just trigger noobs.
In a new developer update posted by Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan, he explains how the "rising tide of toxicity or bad behavior in the game" has slowed down development. Tens of thousands of monthly reports of harassment and trolling has required enormous resources at Blizzard Entertainment, distracting the team from producing new content.
The statement came shortly after the arrival of new reporting tools on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, which now allow players to report other noobs who may be toxic. Apparently, Blizzard has taken action against more than 480,000 accounts since the game launched in May 2017, and that number continues to grow.
Kaplan explained that he believes toxicity is such as problem in gaming due to "anonymity", and how it allows users to say hateful things online without fear of consequence. He finished be calling for gamers to "take a deep look inward", something that is very unlikely to happen.
Trolling comes in a variety of forms. When playing Overwatch it's common to have teammates intentionally try to lose if another player takes their favorite character, hear players shout things on the microphone to annoy the team, and intentionally jump off the map for lols.
Overwatch recently passed 30 million total players, and is currently the most popular multiplatform first-person shooter.