At the end of Overwatch matches, you are asked to “Rate This Match” on a three point scale of Dislike through to Like. Well, it turns out that the data Blizzard got from that feature was what anyone ever could have told them. Players liked matches when they won, they disliked matches when they lost.
Now, it seems Blizzard has enough data as the Rate the Match feature has been removed from the PTR and will be removed from the main game when the next update comes.
In a post on the official forums Jeff Kaplan explains
We had high hopes for this feature but after a year of the game being live and an extended period in beta, all we learned from the feature was:
- New players used the Rate This Match feature more than existing players
- Players enjoy winning
- Players do not enjoy losing
We want to reduce as much clutter in the UI as possible and seeing as we were not getting tremendous results from the feature, we decided to remove it.
While we have rated close matches that we lost as a good match and ones where our team steamrolled the opposition as bad, we admit we have also rated games we lost down and those we won up. Mainly our choices have been a combination of how balanced the two teams were, how exciting and close the match was and how much trash was being posted to the chat.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.