Some players in Overwatch are now using the custom game server browser to farm XP and Blizzard are not happy. Custom games found via the browser reward experience when you complete what ever mission you choose. So some players have been setting up skirmish games where you can safely AFK and collect all the experience when the timer runs down. The practice is a grey area and most thought Blizzard looked upon it the same way.
But now that grey area has been addressed via the Overwatch Forums and Blizzard are not happy bunnies.
“Abusing and exploiting Custom Game or any other game mode to earn experience in Overwatch while inactive is NOT okay,” Kaplan said. “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.”
Kaplan the explained that the Overwatch team had a feeling this would happen and had a “escalation plan” in place. The plan which was acted upon will now have custom skirmish mode dealing no experience upon competition and also implementing a AFK timer. If for some reason the players don’t shape up, the nuclear option means turning off experience gain in custom games altogether.
“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.”