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Overwatch: toxic players beware - permabans become a thing next week

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Starting on Wednesday, 27 September, any player who accumulates three or more seasonal bans may be permanently banned from Competitive Play. The new Junkertown map will be disabled for the first week. The free Overwatch weekend starts tomorrow.

Jeff from the Overwatch team told us about player toxicity and the report feature in a developer update last week. The effort to discourage undesirable behaviour in-game included increasing the severity of penalties, adding a reporting system on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and piloting a program to notify players via email whenever their reports result in an action.

Starting on Wednesday, 27 September, any player who accumulates three or more seasonal bans may be permanently banned from Competitive Play. This will also remove the player's ability to participate in any future matches in that mode.

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Seasonal bans do not need to be consecutive to qualify for a permanent Competitive Play ban. Also, neither seasonal bans nor permanent Competitive Play bans will decay or reset over time; once an account is permanently banned, it currently cannot return to good standing. Read more about this in a blog post right here.

In other Overwatch news, the new Junkertown map will be disabled in competitive play for the next week. That means you'll have time to get to know the map a bit better. It also means that Junkertown will become available on Thursday, 28 September.

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In other, other Overwatch news the free weekend will start tomorrow: "for this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customisation options." The same "all progress will translate into the purchased copy of the game" deal applies.