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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Players Act As Police Thanks to New Overwatch Feature

Posted on May 28, 2013 AT 07:40am

Valve has introduced a new system to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive which will allow the community to police itself when it comes to claims of offensive behavior.

Respected members known as Investigators, chosen on skill, account age, hours played, and number of reports against them, will review reports and decide whether bans need to be handed out. Players eligible to become Investigators should notice a new Overwatch button on their main menu. Simply click this button, opt-in, and then watch a replay video of a match where a player has been flagged for offensive behavior. All identifiable information will have been removed from these replays and it’s up to the Investigator whether the player should be banned.

Of course it won’t be just a matter of one vote and you’re out. Several Investigators will be shown the same footage and it’s based on an average number of votes–experienced Investigator’s votes will be worth more. Investigators can choose from two verdicts, guilty of “”Majorly Disruptive (cheating)” or “Minorly Disruptive (griefing),” or can return a result of Insufficient Evidence.

Valve will review all guilty verdicts during the opening phase of Overwatch, but eventually the system will become fully community driven. You can find out more details about this new system here.

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