Cheaters Get Banned From The Division, Overwatch Punishes Rages Quitters

Cheating is a big problem on the PC version of The Division and after a few months of slaps on the wrist and fourteen day bans, Ubisoft Massive have decided to be a little more forceful.

Following this campaign of suspensions and bans, it also became clear that while huge progress has been made in terms of cheat detection, our 14 days suspension on first offense policy has not been dissuasive enough. Judging from your feedback, and based on what we witnessed when cheaters came back to the game, we have now decided to push our policy one step further: we will now start applying permanent bans on first offense when players are caught using cheat engines and we will communicate clearly when new ban waves are taking place.

Meanwhile in Overwatch the rage quitters are going to find a different type of punishment. The game will monitor your last twenty games and judge if you are a ‘leaver’ using the following criteria:

  • If you leave a game before the “Assemble Your Team” phase is over (i.e. before you enter your starting spawn rooms), it won’t count as a game played and you will not be considered a “leaver” in this scenario.
  • If you leave a game after the match ends (i.e. after you see the VICTORY/DEFEAT screen), it will count as a game played and if your team won, it will count as a win, and you will not be considered a “leaver” in this scenario.
  • If you leave a game after the “Assemble Your Team” phase is over, but before the match ends, it will count as a game played and you will be considered a “leaver” in this scenario.

Once your ‘leaver’ count drops below a certain threshold you will automatically receive a 75% EXP penalty on future games. This will stay in place until you have completed enough games to raise your ‘leaver’ level above the threshold.

Source: Ubisoft / Blizzard

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  1. I like the “Leaver” penalty on Overwatch, quite inventive and looks to be well thought out. Certainly on PS4 there are a number of players who disappear during games, so hopefully this will be a deterrent.

  2. Naughty Dog have also implemented something similar in Uncharted 4.

    As I admittedly found out the other night, if you leave a ranked match early you come back to triple the original loss that you should have received…

  3. Is 75% low enough though? I guess they’ll find out.

  4. Ubisoft Massive sounds like a gang name.

    Leavers is a rather interesting way of handling it and seems fairly fair with a dash of fair on the side. Will be interesting to see how it’s recieved by the userbase.

  5. So if I leave a game after the match ends, it should count as a game played but if my team lost, am I considered a “leaver”?

    Do I have to wait until the next map loads so I can quit on the character selection, to not be considered a “leaver” in this scenario?

    • Not judging by the description above – Wouldn’t it be the same scenario as the win, but counting as a loss?

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