Overwatch Perma Bans Issued Starting Next Week, Play Fair or Don’t Play at All

To help “reduce unwelcome behavior,” Blizzard will be introducing Overwatch perma bans for Competitive Play. This system will kick in on September 27, with any player who accumulates three or more seasonal bans potentially suffering a permanent ban. 

These “three strikes” stay with you upon season reset. “If a player earned season bans in Seasons 2 and 4, and then earns another ban in Season 7, he or she will be eligible for a permanent ban from Competitive Play as soon as that third seasonal ban is issued.”

Once an account is permanently banned, it currently cannot return to good standing. 

Here’s the full statement from community manager Josh Engen:

Over the last few months, we’ve made several changes to the game as part of our ongoing effort to build a better, more welcoming experience. These changes include increasing the severity of penalties for poor in-game behavior, adding a reporting system on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and piloting a program to notify players via email whenever their reports result in an action. 

Next week, we’re taking another step to help reduce unwelcome behavior by implementing permanent bans for Competitive Play. Starting Wednesday, September 27, any player who accumulates three or more seasonal bans may be permanently banned from Competitive Play, removing their ability to participate in any future matches in that mode. 

Seasonal bans do not need to be consecutive to qualify for a permanent Competitive Play ban. For example, if a player earned seasonal bans in Seasons 2 and 4, and then earns another ban in Season 7, he or she will be eligible for a permanent ban from Competitive Play as soon as that third seasonal ban is issued. Additionally, neither seasonal bans nor permanent Competitive Play bans will decay or reset over time; once an account is permanently banned, it currently cannot return to good standing.

Make sure you play fair!

Source: Blizzard (Official)

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