Valve Muting Dota 2 Players With Low Behavior Scores

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2013-07-09
Valve is Muting Dota 2 Players With Low Behavior Scores
Valve continues to introduce newer systems in hopes of combating in-game toxicity. Valve

Valve continues to find ways to improve the overall matchmaking system in Dota 2. As part of this ongoing initiative, the studio is going to mute players with low behaviour scores.

Apparently, all players need not to worry. That is because, according to Valve, only a small percentage of players have a low behavior score.

Anyone who has played Dota 2 for a certain amount of time knows how toxic it has become. And it does not even matter which region you play, be it North America or South East Asia. In-game toxicity has been a recurring problem for as long as players can remember. At the end of the day, it can ruin the overall experience

It is worth noting, though, that problem players are present not only in Dota 2. They are also in other online games, plaguing voice coms and chat boxes with all sorts of toxic behavior. According to Valve, players with a behavior score of 3000 and lower will no longer be able to use the game’s chat and voice communications until such time as they manage to improve the score. This effort is meant to clean up the game by encouraging problem players to become better while also protecting the much larger player base.

Valve explains the change it made to the game’s matchmaking, stating:

“Our last update included a wave of bans on users that were at the very extreme edge of the player population in terms of toxicity and negative behavior. However, those bans affected only a very small percentage of all players, and we also wanted a more gradual system to address players that are not at the furthest extreme, but are still big outliers from the general player population. To that end, players that have a behavior score below 3000 are no longer able to use chat or voice until their score rises above the acceptable threshold.”

This is definitely an excellent move from the company, especially since Dota 2 has been getting a lot of outrage from the community due to problem players. And while it is still too early to suggest, it might just be possible for the game to be freed from toxicity.

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