Blizzard Hits Toxic, Spammy 'World of Warcraft' Players With STFU Penalty

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World of Warcraft: Legion. (c) Blizzard

Blizzard has come up with a new strategy to contain toxic, abusive or spammy players in World of Warcraft: a silence penalty. Blizzard will be rolling out the new silence penalty along with the Legion pre-expansion patch.

World of Warcraft: Legion players can expect to be hit with a silence penalty if they are reported multiple times under the Spam or Abusive Chat categories. The penalty will be account-wide and is not automatic, but takes place after an investigation. The details are below (via Battlenet):

Silenced Players Are Unable to:

  • Talk in Instance Chat (Raid, Party, and Battlegrounds)

  • Talk in global channels that are auto joined (such as General or Trade)

  • Create Calendar Invites/Events

  • Send in-game mail

  • Send Party Invitations

  • Send War Game Invitations

  • Send Invitations to Duel

  • Update a Premade Group Listing

  • Create a New List for a Premade Group

Silenced Players Are Able to:

  • Whisper to friends (both WoW friends and Friends)

  • Reply to Whispers from Non-friends

  • Party/Raid Chat (with Invited Players)

  • Create Parties and Raids

  • Talk in Global Channels that have a moderator

  • Share Quests

  • Sign up for a pre-made group

When a player gets the silence penalty for the first time, their chat will be restricted for 24 hours. Further penalties will double the duration of their silence penalty, which has no maximum ceiling set. Continuous douchebaggery means your account will go silent for a very long time.

Anyone can use World of Warcraft’s in-game report tool to point out abusive or spammy players.

The Legion expansion is World of Warcraft's sixth. Legion will add the Demon Hunter hero class as well as a new continent called the Broken Isles (among other goodies).

How do you feel about the new STFU penalty? Afraid it’ll hit your account? Getting ready to smash that report button? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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