After a feedback thread escalated last night, it seems Blizzard have punished those that acted out on the forums. Both Legion and Overwatch access has been removed for many of those that took part in the “memestorm”!
The thread in question popped up after there were a number of stability issues with the Alpha servers. Players couldn’t log in to test the raids that were scheduled, namely the first Mythic bosses to open for testing.
It quickly escalated into personal insults and threats, a barrage of memes and “jokes” spanning topics such as 9/11 and terrorism. It seems Blizzard have since revoked the access of these players to the Legion Alpha and Overwatch Beta for an undisclosed period of time.
While it’s understandable that people take time out to prepare for these events, access to the Alpha is still a privilege. One of the MVPs on the US realms summed it up perfectly:
Alpha access is a privilege not a right. Alphas by nature are NOT stable and will have issues. Sure, it sucks to set apart time to test and have it not work out. However, resorting to the trolling and nonsense that happened there is not ok. It was not harmless and demonstrated that some people really don’t understand what the purpose of an Alpha is or how to provide polite and constructive feedback. Sure, you are free to act like that, but others don’t have to put up with you. Sometimes people simply need to deal with the consequences of their actions.
We also saw a blue post from Watcher apologising for the problems over the raid testing night.
Watcher on the Raid Tests
So, what do you think? Was the punishment fair? Should it have been more, or less, severe?