And the Play of the Game goes to … the Overwatch bug who bans players and lowers their skill rating, and it has been running wild for some time.
Some rare bug has been causing havoc in Overwatch for the past few weeks. The bug seems to only strike at players who for some reason disconnects at critical times during a competitive match, more specifically, when the match is loading. A post on Reddit explains how a player lost hundreds of skill points and received the ban. Papa Jeff responded to the complaint on a forum post.
“We recently identified a bug that, in extremely rare cases, can cause players to lose their skill rating progress and receive a seasonal ban from Competitive Play without any prior penalties for leaving early or being kicked for inactivity,” explains Overwatch Game Director, Jeff Kaplan. “This bug is a high priority for our team, and we’re working on a fix to prevent further instances of it occurring as we speak.”
According to the post, only about 200 Overwatch players have so far been affected by the bug. Kaplan also announced that all the bans in question have been reverted, and all skill points have been restored.
“To date, this bug has impacted fewer than 200 accounts, but we’ll continue to monitor for additional occurrences and provide assistance until we can implement a permanent fix,” continues Kaplan. “We don’t have an ETA to share right now for when the fix will go live, but we’ll update this thread as soon more information becomes available.”
A sign that the bug is 'targeting' you will be when you receive the message “Waiting for Players” when you try to connect to a Competitive Play match. The match will then keep on trying to reload, and the next thing you'll notice is hundreds of skill rating points vanishing and a possible seasonal ban.
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