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Overwatch Custom Game Exploit Warning

Battle.net has word from Jeff Kaplan that Blizzard is aware that some players are exploiting custom games to farm experience in Overwatch (thanks VG247). He makes it clear they will not tolerate this, and may end up changing how XP is handled to address this:

I’ve seen some discussion in the community and in the press on this topic and sometimes it gets talked about as if it is a grey area. Is this wrong or is this ok? Well, let me take a grey area and make it starkly black and white for you. Abusing and exploiting Custom Game or any other game mode to earn experience in Overwatch while inactive is NOT ok. The reason I want to be absolutely clear about this is because we are going to start to take disciplinary action against people who partake in these activities. If you create a Custom Game that in any way encourages players to gain experience while inactive, you risk having your account banned. If you join any game mode – including Custom Games – with the intent of gaining experience while being inactive, you risk having your account banned. Also, do not name your Custom Game that in anyway even implies that gaining experience while inactive is OK – please do not even do this as a joke – because you are putting yourself at risk of having your account banned.

We are not naïve to player behavior and motivation. When we put this feature live, we had an internal escalation plan for how to combat this behavior. Today marks the first steps on that path. And in a lot of ways it really makes me sad. The feature is so much cooler and better for everyone if we do not have to put draconic restrictions on it. To fast forward a bit, the end of the escalation plan will result in experience gain being turned off in Custom Game. I really don’t want to see us getting to that point. So I am going to ask for some help from the vast majority of you who are simply playing the game and having fun and not abusing it: please report those who are creating Custom Games with the intention of gaining experience while remaining inactive. If you select someone’s Custom Game you get three options: Spectate, Join and Report. These options exist on all 3 platforms. Use the Report feature. It works.|

Obviously, I know what our plan is and how we will ramp things up to combat this behavior here on the Overwatch Team. But at this point, I am making a plea to you – the Overwatch Community at large: please decide what you want to happen here and be a part of the solution. If you enjoy Custom Games awarding experience then please help us combat the behavior we’re seeing now. Do not create Custom Games with the intent of gaining experience while inactive. Don’t join those games. Don’t jokingly put those names in your own Custom Games. And report players who are abusing the system.

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6. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 9, 2017, 18:50 Tom
 
I hit the "custom game" button once just to take a look at the server list. EVERY game name was some sort of XP idle crap. C'mon Blizzard. You couldn't stop this in the first place? And you have to have an "escalation plan" to stop it? Just remove XP from custom games and be done with it. This is not complicated.  
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5. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 9, 2017, 17:58 eRe4s3r
 
Shok wrote on Mar 9, 2017, 17:17:
They are too cheap to spend money on instant gratification loot boxes or they are children with no money. I suspect the later...

But when it comes down to it, the only one hurt here is Blizzards greed.... by making loot boxes so absurdly random they basically set themselves up for this. And aside, I would never play this game for XP only, the most fun I had in this game was when the competitive aspect was removed in that survival zombie attack game mode.. you still earned XP there though, but I play to have fun, not to gain skins for characters I don't use.
 
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4. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 9, 2017, 17:17 Shok
 
They are too cheap to spend money on instant gratification loot boxes or they are children with no money. I suspect the later...  
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3. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 9, 2017, 17:14 HoSpanky
 
I think that not jumping straight to "no xp in custom matches" is quite the surprise. It's sad, but some people would rather do ANYTHING other than do what's expected of them. If you don't like the game enough to level up by *just playing it*, why the fuck would you CARE that you're getting levelled? You gain no advantage from it. In fact you end up looking like a moron who can't learn, as your level won't relay your skill.  
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2. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 9, 2017, 12:38 Rigs
 
Creston wrote on Mar 9, 2017, 12:29:
I'm not sure why the scale is somehow

People abusing the shit out of it -------------- no xp in custom game mode!

with literally nothing in between?

He said the end 'of the scale' is turning off XP. He didn't say that it was just a two step journey to that point. He's making a plea now before more measures are instituted. He didn't say the next step was turning off XP altogether. He really didn't say what the next step was. But I agree it's odd that they can find this behavior but not program it out of the game to begin with. Sounds like it would be a trivial thing to do given the circumstances.

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1. Re: Overwatch Custom Game Exploit Warning Mar 9, 2017, 12:29 Creston
 
Why is your custom game even allowing XP if a player is inactive? Didn't you program it to do that? If so, can't you just program it to NOT do that, and make people play if they want XP?

I'm not sure why the scale is somehow

People abusing the shit out of it -------------- no xp in custom game mode!

with literally nothing in between?
 
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