I’m seeing tons of content creators lashing out at “misinformation” online about OW2. We seem to be reaching a point where the reality of OW’s reputation is running up against OW’s biggest fans’ hopes for this game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many OW content creators panicked like this across the board.
They aren’t just picking out random internet comments to dunk on, they are going after major gaming outlets for writing critical pieces about OW2. Even articles that simply transcribe Blizzard’s new policies are being called “misinformation” (which is itself misinformation, ironically).
It’s not just random streamers freaking out, either. Prominent OWL personalities, like AVRL and Custa, have been lashing out and attacking anyone who dares to be critical of OW2. I’m seeing a new level of combativeness here, beyond the usual hardcore vs. casual divide.
There are certainly a lot of misunderstandings going around about OW2 right now, as has been the case since 2019. But there’s a level of desperation that is starting to show among people who are heavily invested in OW’s future (and not just as players). And weirdly, there seems to be no such urgency from Blizzard themselves, who don’t appear interested in clarifying anything directly.
This all seems like the natural result of 1) Blizzard being so terrible with communication, 2) Blizzard’s lousy reputation over the past few years, and 3) Blizzard’s decision to make OW content creators their marketing department, forcing them to take the full force of the internet’s rage.