Consider the following scenario. You and your opponent have low health on your towers. However, you are sending a large amount of troops to your opponent’s tower, and it is only 5 seconds away from destruction. You are winning, you are about to become victorious. Suddenly! Out of nowhere, your opponent sends Fire to your tower and destroys it. Yet, your frustration and anger doesn’t end there. It begins when your opponent spams you with crying and laughing emotes until you get really pissed off and feel like breaking your device. Quite extreme, isn’t it?
We can all agree that we experienced a similar situation in the past. Emotes can piss you off when you’re losing, yet they can be awesome to use when you want to piss off others. The majority of Clash Royale gamers have complained about Emotes to Supercell and want the ability to mute them. However, Supercell responded with a strong message regarding this controversy, and here is the essence of what they said:
Evoking strong emotions – is at the heart of why we’re not planning to implement a mute option. Emotes are loved by some and hated by others – even within the Clash Royale team! We believe these strong emotions are integral to the core of the game.
Clash Royale is not a single player game and shouldn’t feel like one. Emotes are an important reminder that you’re facing another human being – maybe they’re a nice guy, maybe they’re not – but there’s a person at the other end of the Arena and not a robot. You can communicate with them and they can respond, regardless of language or cultural barriers.
We don’t expect everyone to agree with us on this – we’re sure many of you won’t! We do want to be upfront about it and our reasoning behind it.
We are somewhat neutral on this issue. On one hand, we support the existence of Emotes because it’s a fun and novel way of communicating with an opponent that is on the other side of the world. On the other hand, we can understand that they can be frustrating and some players can feel really angry due to the emotional impact these Emotes can cause. Our verdict is to allow a mute option because there is no harm in giving the emotionally vulnerable players the freedom to disable Emotes from settings. What are your thoughts on this issue? Vote below.