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World of Warcraft Patch Gives Toxic Players the Silent Treatment

Thanks to Blizzard’s no-exception intolerance for toxic players on Overwatch, the game has become, for the most part, a pretty friendly community. Now, it seems Blizzard want to apply the same thing to their more popular franchise, World of Warcraft.

With the next big expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion, just around the corner, a pre-patch is set to launch to prepare the game for all of the new things the expansion is set to add. In addition, Blizzard will be adding in tools to discourage and thwart toxic players.

One of these new tools is the “Silence Penalty” which will be given to any player who has received multiple flags for Spam for Abusive Chat. Once Blizzard investigate further, if the player is found guilty, they’ll be given an account-wide silence penalty.

What this means is that the player’s entire account will be silent, preventing them from chatting in instance chats and global channels, creating calendar invites/events, send in-game mail, party invitations, as well as a few other things.

“The first time a player is silenced, their chat will be restricted for 24 hours. This duration will double for each silence penalty received after the first, and there is no maximum,” says Blizzard. “This means that players who receive multiple silence penalties may find themselves unable to chat for a very, very long time.”

You can read more information about the game’s pre-patch here, as well as more information on the Silent Penalty, here.