How you gamers enjoying Autumn? It’s the time for school, apples, and being permanently banned from Competitive Play in Overwatch.
That’s right, it’s finally happening folks…the permanent bans are rolling out for Overwatch this Wednesday the 27th. Uh-oh! Who’s at risk for the permaban-hammer? Anyone who has accumulated three or more seasonal bans. Naughty-naughty. The seasonal bans need not even be consecutive. A seasonal ban from way back in Season 1 and then maybe Season 3 and 7 can still land a person at risk for a permaban for Competitive Play. This ban will never go away, making it a real permanent ban.
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This comes after just last week an Xbox One patch was released for the game that doesn’t allow users with an “avoid me” ranking to use voice chat. They are really trying to tighten up on their lax way of dealing with what some call “toxic players.” After enough complaints, it seems they realize that some players actually are degrading the game for others. With that realization, they are rolling these changes out and even claim they may continue to increase penalties for offenses such as leaving the game. The hope being to finally get rid of “leavers” as much as possible.
With this new permanent ban announcement from Josh Engen (over at the Overwatch forums here) also came a friendly reminder about seasonal bans. The first thing he reminds us is that leaving a Competitive Play game or being booted for inactivity makes you unable to join a new game until the original one is completed. You can re-join the original game while it’s still in process and if you don’t, you are going to receive a penalty. The details are as follows, quoted from Josh Engen:
- If you leave or are kicked for inactivity within the first minute of the game, the entire match will be canceled and you will receive a penalty. The remaining players will receive neither a penalty nor a loss.
- If you leave or are kicked for inactivity after the one-minute mark, you will be given two minutes to reconnect or rejoin the match. If you return, the match will resume normally. If not, you will receive a penalty and the remaining players will be given the option to leave without receiving a penalty (though they will still receive a loss).
If you keep up doing such things you are going to get punished, such as restriction on future competitive matches. Repeating to leave the game will result in you sitting in “time-out” for longer and longer. That means you won’t be given access to matches for more extended periods of time and could result in a seasonal ban. If you manage to avoid the ban and stop leaving games, then you can get your account back to good standing.
Don’t think leaving the game is the only way you can get punished though. If you are somewhat of a rule bender in other areas of life, you may want to read up on the Code of Conduct for all Blizzard games. Unless you like being banned, haha. Check out the Code of Conduct here.
However, game leavers are obviously what they are aiming to stop with this new ban. What’s so wrong with leavers in competitive matches? Well, when a teammate leaves halfway through a battle your team can very well lose and cost the remaining teammates points. Why are these gamers leaving matches? Well, the most innocent reason is a bad internet connection. Which is why Overwatch has extended the time players can rejoin a match. It used to only give you a minute to scramble back into the game. Which is pretty hard if your computer crashed. Now the time frame has doubled, and you get two minutes to rejoin.
What are the other less innocent reasons? It’s a guessing game. Rage quits because the player isn’t doing so well is a possibility. The other reason might deal with how the game is set up. When matched with a team you stay together for an entire attack/defense rotation. That means if you ended up in with a team that is not as good as the other, then you have to sit around getting your butt beat through all the rounds. I guess that can still be considered a rage quit, but maybe it also makes light of an issue with how matchmaking is set up. Perhaps too many times there is a mismatch with the team levels of skill. Maybe it could deal with some reforming as well? What do you think?
Well, whatever you think about matchmaking just know you can’t be going around leaving games. If you do, suffer the ban-hammer! I think this is a great move for Overwatch, where players have been complaining for ages about the amount of game leavers there are. Too many people are positive that their ranking would be different if it weren’t for leavers. Some people claim that on some days they had more games with leavers than without. Therefore, it is about time they cracked down on this issue!