Overwatch‘s Ranked Play appears to be punishing players who disconnect from the game regardless of whether it was accidental or a rage quit but Blizzard says a fix is coming.
Overwatch‘s Competitive Play Mode rolled out last week on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to mostly rave reviews. The Ranked Play system lets the game’s most experienced players go head to head for bragging rights and cosmetic items. Blizzard has made clear that the mode should be taken much more seriously than Quick Play, with the developer handing out significant punishment for those who quit in the middle of a match.
But now it seems that the system Overwatch uses to identify and punish those players may not be working as intended. The way it’s supposed to work is that when a player disconnects from a Competitive Play match, they are given a chance to reconnect with no penalty charged. This is to help differentiate between people who disconnect due to Internet problems as opposed to those who leave and never come back because they are losing the match. But some gamers have reported receiving a penalty to their Skill Rating even after a successful reconnect.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan took to the Blizzard forums over the weekend to address the issue, stating that the team is working on some fixes that should be in later this week. Kaplan didn’t actually go into detail on what is causing the problem, as he has often done in the past, like when he explained why Sudden Death was being removed from Competitive Play.
Still, it’s nice to see Blizzard continuing to respond so quickly to issues in-game. Just last week, Blizzard reacted almost immediately after some players reported that healing hero Mercy had received an accidental nerf to the way in which she is able to target other players. Blizzard confirmed that the nerf was unintended and immediately began working on a fix.
Making sure that players taking part in Competitive Play remain happy is likely a top priority for the Irvine, California company. Overwatch has serious potential to become a major eSport and has remained one of the top 5 most-watched games on Twitch since it launched.
In other Overwatch news, Blizzard recently touched the hearts of gamers everywhere by inserting an Easter Egg into the game to honor a Chinese fan who passed away the day before the game’s release. The player’s name is now written in Chinese on one of the astronaut suits in the Lijiang Tower map, along with Mercy’s famous phrase: “Heroes Never Die.”
Overwatch is currently available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.