Overwatch players enjoying the game’s new Competitive Mode will no longer have their Skill Rating impacted by other players abandoning the match.
Overwatch community manager Lylirra recently posted to the game’s forums explaining how Overwatch will now handle players leaving a match early. These changes are based on the game’s system of adjusting a player’s Skill Rating at the end of a match depending on the calculated prediction of each team’s success.
“Previously, if a player from either team left mid-match, the game would automatically recalculate each team’s probability of winning. The assumption was that if a team was a person down, the odds of them winning would go down, too, and that the most accurate thing we could do was account for this when adjusting each player?s Skill Rating at the end of the match.
Despite being more accurate, we received a lot of feedback that this recalculation just didn’t feel great and that it incentivized bad leaver behavior?which is last thing we want to do in Competitive Play. As a result, the game will no longer recalculate each team’s probability of winning whenever one or more people leave, and instead will scale off the probability originally established at the beginning of the match (just as it would if there were no leavers).”
Lylirra claims player’s Skill Rating will “correct itself” once they complete another match without leavers. This change should also address the issue of people leaving on the losing team for the sake of reducing the bonus the winning team would have earned.
Updates to Competitive Play such as this one have been frequent considering how recently the mode launched.