As the number of content creators hitting the Sea of Thieves continues to grow, we've been receiving a lot of really useful feedback about how we can support the community. In particular, stream sniping has been a hot topic with many of you expressing concerns about how it impacts the streaming and viewing experience.

We hear you loud and clear, and so the team has been busy watching your streams, dissecting the feedback and working out possible solutions to try to reduce it as much as possible. This week's game update introduced an option which is, alongside some existing functionality, specifically aimed at supporting any of you who are experiencing this behaviour in your streams. Read on for more details on how you can use these tools and options to reduce stream sniping.

  • Hiding Non-Crew Gamertags

Players now have access to a new option in Menu – Settings – Gameplay – Show Nameplates Above Other Crews

Switching this to 'Off' will hide the gamertags and titles of any other crews you encounter in the world.

  • Hiding Non-Crew Text Chat (PC Keyboard Chat Messages)

Players already have access to an option in Menu – My Crew – All Other Crews – Mute All Other Crews Text Chat

Switching this to 'Yes' will hide any text chat messages sent by other crews you encounter in the world, along with their gamertags.

  • Hiding Non-Crew Pirate Chat (Non-Verbal Messages)

Players already have access to an option in Menu – My Crew – All Other Crews – Mute All Other Crews Phrases Chat

Switching this to 'Yes' will hide any non-verbal messages sent by other crews you encounter in the world, along with their gamertags.

With these features now out in the wild we'll be sure to monitor their impact on stream sniping. As always, ongoing feedback on the features we release is important, so don't hesitate to try out these changes and let us know how the they're working out for you. You can get in touch via our social channels or Forums – the team is all ears!

To see what else was introduced in this update, read the full February 6th patch notes.