Blizzard Entertainment released a set of new custom game tools for Overwatch last week and that didn’t take long at all for players to start exploiting the brand new feature. Last week when Overwatch’s Game Browser went live, multiple players were starting custom game rules to quickly earn experience to acquire loot boxes, the game’s reward system.
Overwatch game director, Jeff Kaplan took to the Overwatch forums yesterday as what seemed to be a very disappointed-sounding post,
“When we introduced the Game Browser and new Custom Game features we were excited to allow players to earn experience playing the game in unique and different ways,” Kaplan wrote. “We also knew that there was the potential for this system to be exploited but we wanted to give everyone the benefit of the doubt before becoming overly restrictive with the system. It’s very disappointing to us that players abused the system to gain experience while inactive.” – source
Overwatch – Game Browser Introduction
“It’s very disappointing to us that players abused the system to gain experience while inactive. As some of you have noticed, Skirmish in Custom Game no longer rewards experience. Also, the AFK timer is now in place in Skirmish mode (in Custom Game only).” Kaplan wrote.
Before the changes players could just leave the game running while skirmishing. Overwatch has a built in AFK timer that automatically kicks you out when you’re idle too long, but was disabled in skirmish mode, letting you sit and do nothing and when the game finally ended, you would gain experience for doing absolutely nothing.
This is just the start of multiple changes that will be made if the situation does not alleviate. Blizzard apparently has a plan in place, eventually leading to experience gain being shut off in custom games completely.
“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.”
So this is pretty much implying, if you don’t want your account to get banned, just actually play the custom games!