Microsoft details the price of bad behaviour
Microsoft has announced a few adjustments to the Xbox Live reputation system - that fearful existential barometer, slicing Xbox Live up into the Deserving and the Not So Deserving. Players who sink to the lowest reputation rank, "Avoid Me", now face a number of penalties, such as losing access to Twitch broadcasting.
Those whose reputation scores "Need Work" will also receive warnings, while "Good Players" stand to reap unspecified rewards - more details to follow. Here's a breakdown of each reputation tier, care of program manager Micheal Dunn and the Xbox NewsWire.
"Good Players" - The majority of gamers will fall into this level. As we've said before, we have plans to introduce rewards for good behavior and look forward to sharing more in the future!
Warnings for "Needs Work" - Beginning this month, some players will start receiving reputation warnings as their reputations drop due to feedback from the community. The purpose of these communications is to remind players about their effect on the community and encourage them to have more positive interactions. These warnings are based on community feedback collected since Xbox One launched.
Penalties for "Avoid Me" - If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an "Avoid Me" rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting.
"The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be," notes Dunn. "The algorithm looks to identify players that are repeatedly disruptive across the community on Xbox Live. The vast majority of players do not regularly receive feedback from other players and, thus, will stay at the 'Good Player' reputation level."
The algorithm won't crack down immediately if you receive a few bad reports "over a few weeks of play", and apparently "adjusts for false reports from people that might intentionally report someone of greater skill or for other griefing purposes". What's your reputation score? I think I'm a Good Player, but only because I'm incredibly boring.