Street Fighter V has had a few problems since its release — chiefly, that it isn’t a complete game yet — but one issue it’s having is one that’s endemic to most online competitive games: rage quitting, when a player prematurely disconnects or closes out of a match to avoid a (usually inevitable) loss.
Before, Capcom has encouraged Street Fighter V players to name and shame rage quitters on their own, but the company has announced today via Capcom Unity that it has begun directly punishing bad sportsmanship, by tracking a player’s rates of disconnect versus their win ratio and docking in-game points from their account. Rage quit hard enough, and you may see your points and league rank completely reset.
“To be clear, we are only targeting the worst offenders in our system, so if you have had a few instances of being disconnected during a match, you have nothing to worry about,” Capcom explains in the announcement. “The players who fit the criteria of what we would call a ‘Rage Quitter’ typically have an 80-90% disconnect rate and their accounts sit far outside of the norm as compared to the majority of other players.”
Effective immediately, Capcom will be performing weekly sweeps to identify these players, and says they have already penalized “about 30” users. It doesn’t appear to be a permanent solution — and Capcom gives no indication what a “permanent solution” would look like — but slap on the wrist it might be, it at least signals to Street Fighter V players that their behavior online matters. And will be taken notice of, if they can’t deal with their losses like a reasonable person.
Kris Ligman is the News Editor of ZAM. They will listen to any match Seth Killian commentates. Find them on Twitter @KrisLigman.