Daniel Ahmed from the analytical company Niko Partners drew attention to an interesting feature of Overwatch 2 review bombing on Steam – the lion’s share of negative reviews were written by Chinese players.
Although Chinese players tend to express the same complaints about the game as Westerners, there are some important nuances. On January 23, 2023, Blizzard shut down its games in China Blizzard shut down its games in China without renewing its agreement with NetEase. Chinese players have lost access to all of their games and accounts, and of course they are very angry with Blizzard.
The release of Overwatch 2 on Steam seems to give Chinese users the opportunity to play the multiplayer shooter again, but Chinese players are unhappy with the lack of national servers, slow login and high lag, and of course, they are also criticizing Blizzard for the decision to stop supporting games in China.
Almost as soon as Overwatch 2 was released on Steam, it became the worst game on the platform according to player reviews.