It’s no secret that MMO titles come with amazing social experiences. Unfortunately sometimes your play through of an MMO can be ruined by other players harassing you in different forms. Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is no stranger to the MMO world having been the dominant runner of the genre for years, but this status of course comes with online griefers. To combat this, Blizzard is releasing The Silence Penalty where players who are found abusing others will be effectively silenced in certain ways. Keep reading to find out how.
We can expect to see The Silence Penalty implemented with the release of the pre-expansion patch Legion, the next anticipated expansion in the long running franchise. You can watch the trailer for Legion below.
So what exactly does The Silence Penalty entail? Well it depends on the type of report Blizzard receives, seeing as “players who are found to be abusive in chat or engage in inappropriate chat behaviors may be silenced from engaging in certain ways within the game.”
“…Any player who is reported multiple times under the Spam or Abusive Chat categories will, after investigation, receive an account-wide silence penalty. While this penalty is active, the silenced player will find that their ability to chat with others is greatly limited.”
For the first time a player is silenced, they’ll receive a cha restriction for 24 hours, after every subsequent penalty received the duration will double. There is no maximum to the extension of the silence duration. So yeah, that means you could find yourself silent for harassing others for quite some time.
When silenced, the following restrictions apply:
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To check out the full details of what’s going to happen to silenced players, check out the post on the official World of Warcraft website HERE.