Overwatch 2 removing 'Commas' from Scoreboard met with backlash, players demand retrieval

The Overwatch community is known for its passionate engagement with the game and its developers, Blizzard Entertainment.

Overwatch 2 is an always-on and ever-evolving free-to-play, team-based action game set in an optimistic future, where every match is the ultimate 5v5 battlefield brawl.

The latest update introduces the Summer Games 2023 seasonal event. Players will have the opportunity to participate in fun and challenging game modes like Lúcioball Remix, and an all-new Winston’s Beach Volleyball.

Overwatch 2 removing ‘Commas’ from Scoreboard met with backlash

However, a recent change in the game has caused quite a stir among the community.

Overwatch 2 is removing ‘Commas’ from the game’s Scoreboard which has sparked backlash from players (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), who are now demanding their return. Here’s the difference:

The response from the Overwatch community has been swift and passionate. Numerous players have taken to social media platforms, forums, and online communities to express their frustration with the removal of commas.

At first glance, the absence of commas on the score screen may seem like a minor issue. After all, why would the inclusion or omission of a punctuation mark matter so much?

But for several Overwatch players, it significantly impacts their overall experience.

The Scoreboard is a fundamental part of the game, providing players with crucial information about their performance and that of their teammates. As such, players want it to be visually appealing and easy to read.

Blizzard coming through with the huge Overwatch updates yet again… today they removed the comma from numbers in the scoreboard
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I need to know that I am not going crazy. Did they get rid of the commas on the stats screen now with the summer patch? Like it displays 2222 instead of 2,222.
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The outcry from the community highlights an important aspect of game design, even seemingly small design choices can have a significant impact on player satisfaction.

It becomes especially crucial for players with dyslexia or other visual processing difficulties, who may struggle to articulate or comprehend the numbers without the aid of commas.

The removal of commas from the Scoreboard in Overwatch 2 is believed to have occurred during the recent summer update.

Some players speculate that it may be a bug, as the Asia servers never had commas to begin with due to the cultural variation in numerical formatting.

Overwatch 2 removing Commas from Scoreboard
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In certain cultures, commas are not used to separate numbers. However, players from all regions are expressing their dissatisfaction with this change and urging the developers to bring the commas back.

We’ll have to wait and see if Blizzard provides any updates regarding this issue. In the meantime, make sure to stay tuned for the most up-to-date information.

Note: We have a dedicated issues/bugs tracker for Overwatch 2, so make sure to follow that as well.

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