Ranked Overwatch bug is causing hidden punishments for leaving games - Dexerto

Ranked Overwatch bug is causing hidden punishments for leaving games

Published: 13/Mar/2019 11:18 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 11:34

by Joe O'Brien


A bug in ranked Overwatch is applying penalties to players who leave a competitive game even after they should be allowed to do so.

In order to discourage early leavers in ranked play, abandoning a competitive game comes with an SR penalty if you’re the first person on your team to leave. However, players are supposed to be able to abandon competitive matches without penalty after one player has already left.

Teams aren’t back-filled in ranked play, so as to prevent unfortunate players being dropped into a game that’s already effectively decided, but that also means once one player goes, there’s no chance of the sides being balanced for the rest of the game.

Blizzard EntertainmentCompetitive Play features leaving penalties to encourage players to complete games even if they’re losing.

At this point, other players choosing not to complete what is almost certainly a lost game should no longer be punished. After waiting for the two-minute timer that begins once a player leaves to expire, additional leavers will still be hit with a loss, but not the additional penalty that usually accompanies leaving early – in theory at least.

In practice, unfortunately, the penalty remains – not incurred on the first loss, but carried over to the following game. A win in the next match will reward very little SR, while a loss will deduct much more than usual.

In order to avoid this penalty entirely, player must remain in their competitive games until the very end – even if they’re the only player on their team remaining.

Long-time competitive players may well be aware of this issue, as it’s not a new phenomenon. Unfortunately, despite repeated efforts from players to bring it to the attention of Blizzard, no fix has yet been implemented.

It remains to be seen whether the latest push to publicize the problem will at last catch Blizzard’s eye – or encourage them to act if they’re already aware of the issue – but in the meantime players should be aware that leaving a competitive match at any point could have unfortunate consequences.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.