Imagine what you see in low to mid silver, double it, then remove all potentially useful communication and replace it with more toxicity. Between that, and never quite being able to climb out of bronze(okay, that makes it sound more grandiose than it is, I’m so bad I managed to drag a friend down a comp tier by playing my qualifier matches with them), I straight up quit overwatch, and want almost nothing to do with that trashfire.
You ever had a 20 year old dude screaming slurs at you for not following a strategy he never actually communicated, while picking a character outside of a meta(which he also never communicated) he saw in a pro match once, and then throwing the game on purpose because everybody ignored the extremely hostile advice mixed in with the slurs? Because that shit isn’t even THAT unusual. And let’s face it, I’m a dude. Let’s not even talk about how it went the time I let my sister play on my account.
I can tell you the last time I played an actual game, because it was during the BD4PP stream in November last year. Before that, at least 9-10 months, I think. I basically only play the PVE events, and even then, only when I remember/can be bothered. And I turn all the voice comms off and ignore the text chat, because the sheer overwhelming toxicity of the community has made it not worth it, and pretty much poisoned the entire game for me.
Same shit happened with Rocket Leauge - I wasn’t nearly as bad as I was in overwatch, IIRC managed to hover in the silvers playing not-terribly-regularly or seriously, but after I think the fourth game in a row getting matched with different people who were just abusive assholes who think they’re the next Kronovi, I finished the match(we won), uninstalled, and never looked back. Never even thought about re-installing it.
Edit- Actually, I’ll be honest, not only has overwatch pushed me out of overwatch, I’ve noticed that since I quit overwatch, I tend to play more and more games solo. Monhun, Destiny, MMOs, Deep Rock Galactic, you name it. The more I enjoy a game, the more likely I am to go solo/friends only, just to avoid having another overwatch or rocket leauge, where toxic assholes make me hate playing the game. Maybe it’s nice in the rarified air of double-secret triple-plated platinum or what have you, but a game being so toxic it puts you off playing with pubs in completely unrelated games is so fucked that it’s practically an achievement.