Blizzard updates their Overwatch competitive ban policy

Blizzard updates their Overwatch competitive ban policy

The game’s suspension policy in Competitive play has been explained comprehensively described by Blizzard, Following the fixes to Junkrat and Hanzo in the latest update of the Overwatch title.

Regulations regarding, bans and suspensions in Competitive Play has been revealed by Blizzard and have further explained to the community that why it won’t be changing its current policy.

Game director Jeff Kaplan said that Blizzard treats people who have connection issues the same way as users who disconnect on purpose, in an update on the Overwatch forums.

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A fan faced disconnectivity because of an internet issue, and thus, he complained about it and got this response.

In an update on the Overwatch forums, game director Jeff Kaplan said that Blizzard treats people who have connection issues the same way as users who disconnect on purpose.

Statement from Kaplan

Unfortunately, we’re in a tricky spot with Competitive Play in regards to players leaving matches. If you read through these forums, we get a lot of complaints that players leaving games are a huge point of frustration for our players.

There is no reliable way that we can discern if you disconnected because of a connection issue, or you forced a disconnect.

Because of that, we need to treat anyone who leaves a match in the same way.

We’re way more lenient in quick play. And it feels like we’re generally in a good spot in Quick Play.
However, in Competitive Play, if anything, we hear from our player base that we should be increasing the leaver penalties and making them harsher.

For those facing server problems, are advised by Kaplan to try out AI matches and Quick Play until the problems are taken care of.

Further statement by Kaplan

For Season 2, we added a 10-minute delay to your first “leave” to make you aware that leaving is bad, and there are in fact penalties for leaving.

We also wanted to put in increasing penalties to help dissuade people who were having connection issues from repeatedly trying to reconnect to Competitive Play games.

We know that sometimes the connection issues are not your fault. And that is a shame. But also, when those moments are happening, it’s not the time to jump into a team game and subject your teammates to the mercy of an unstable internet connection.

My advice for people who are having connection issues is to play modes like the Brawl or Play vs. AI until their connection stabilizes.

Again, I know this isn’t the answer you want to hear, but hopefully you can understand the situation from the other side. It’s very likely that someone who was on your team in that match posted in one of the many angry “leaver” threads on these forums.


Overwatch Update 1.09 also fixes bugs and adds a couple of new features like a new tier in competitive play.
It should tie fans over until Blizzard releases the High Bandwidth update to speed games up and make the action smoother.

The update will go global on PC soon, before rolling out to Xbox One and PS4 at a later date.

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