Overwatch has a pretty stiff penalty for habitual match-quitters


But it has to be habitual

Having someone on your team quit in the middle of an Overwatch game can temporarily cripple your side. It throws the balance off until the servers can find another player to backfill, and those precious seconds can lead to a surprisingly important momentum swing. It's in Blizzard's best interest to keep players in the game.

Blizzard has a semi-hidden penalty for people who habitually quit games that it recently shared on the battle.net forums. The developer has an algorithm in place that looks at your last 20 matches. If the ratio of not-completed matches to completed matches hits a certain number (Blizzard didn't state exactly what this is), a warning pops up in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. If that warning goes unheeded, future matches will be docked 75 percent experience. That will continue until the ratio hits the acceptable threshold of the 20 most recent games played.

This isn't a huge deterrent for people who just want to play Overwatch. The game is still completely accessible to them, and they'll have no problem hopping into another match. However, it'll quadruple the amount of time it takes to level up, meaning that loot boxes are far less frequent. Considering that level and loot boxes are Overwatch's only tangible forms of progression, well, that's incentive enough for most to just stay in the game.

Do I Get Leaver... [battle.net]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up



Brett Makedonski
Brett MakedonskiManaging Editor   gamer profile

While you laughing, we're passing, passing away. So y'all go rest y'all souls, 'Cause I know I'ma meet you up at the crossroads. Y'all know y'all forever got love from them Bone Thugs baby... ... more + disclosures



Also on Destructoid: Overwatch   (696)   From our database:

  • Overwatch is giving away more Winter Loot Boxes through next week - Chris Carter
  • Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2019 starts December 10 - Jordan Devore
  • The Games that Defined the Decade: Overwatch - CJ Andriessen
  • Overwatch novelette looks at Mercy's origins and reveals new skin - Chris Moyse
  • Switch Port Report: Overwatch - CJ Andriessen
  • Overwatch Halloween Terror 2019 has eight new spooky skins - Jordan Devore
  • Blizzard announces Overwatch novel, 'The Hero of Numbani' - Chris Carter
  • Overwatch on Switch won't have amiibo functionality or most importantly, cross-progression - Chris Carter
  • Overwatch team says you can detach Joy-Con on Switch to aim 'like a laser pointer' - Chris Carter
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Blizzard #First-person shooter #multiplayer #Overwatch #PC #PS4 #Xbox One



    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!