Overwatch 2 Season 7 introduces an updated leaver penalty that results in a queue suspension of 10 minutes. This can increase to 30 minutes.
The arrival of Overwatch 2 Season 7 also means an update to the game's Defense Matrix initiative. This initiative gives players a fair and friendly experience, and the new season discourages players from leaving games. Read on for an explanation of the new Overwatch 2 leaver penalty system.
Overwatch 2 leaver penalty explained
Blizzard is focusing on the Overwatch 2 leaver penalty in Season 7 through a queue suspension. This affects players who leave four out of 20 games played. There's a 10-minute suspension from game modes that grant progression progress, and if a player continues to leave games, then this suspension can increase to 30 minutes.
- Leaving 4 out of 20 games = 10-minute suspension
- Continuing to leave games = 30 minutes between queues
When a teammate leaves an Overwatch 2 PvP match to immediately queue up for another game, it can be disruptive to the remaining teammates.
Although a backfill player can replace the leaver, that player begins with no ultimate charge. This further makes the Overwatch 2 experience less enjoyable, according to Blizzard's official announcement.
In the past, when a player left too many matches, they would receive a warning before accepting 75% less Battle Pass XP.
Overwatch 2 leaver penalty in competitive
In terms of the leaver penalty for competitive game modes, they begin with a 15-minute suspension. This penalty time increases with every leaver violation and can result in getting suspended from competitive Overwatch 2 for the remaining season.
Outside of competitive Overwatch 2, Blizzard stated that they understand how players may need to leave a match for reasons beyond their own control. Examples include parenting, technical issues, and wanting to team up with a group of friends instead.
"Leaving on such occasions is generally okay because you will not likely disrupt the next match you queue for," Blizzard explained.
That's all for now. Stay tuned on esports.gg for more Overwatch 2 news and updates.