Bungie Booting "Toxic" Destiny Players

Don't be a jerk, Bungie says.

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Bungie continues its ongoing support of Destiny this week with a range of new tweaks meant to improve the overall online experience. User research lead John Hopson explained in the latest Bungie Weekly Update that part of this effort is banning "toxic" players from matchmaking.

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"In Destiny's community, the efforts of a dedicated player can have a huge impact on the experience of hundreds or thousands of other players," Hopson said. "Most of the time, this is awesome. When someone is willing to put in the time as a Raid sherpa, a clan leader, or a forum moderator, we all benefit and Destiny comes a little bit closer to its potential as a shared world."

However, Hopson added that there are players who "put in that same level of monomaniacal effort into being jerks." Bungie has long been aware of the negative power of players who sit idle in Destiny Strikes or PvP, but is now taking steps to eradicate the worst offenders.

"It's become clear that a small number of the worst idlers are responsible for damaging the experiences of thousands of other players," he said. "One player not contributing in an activity might seem like a small thing, but it can make a Weekly Heroic Strike unbeatable or make a Crucible match unwinnable. Those little bits of damage to the experiences other players adds up over time."

To address the issue, Bungie this week "restricted a small number of the most toxic players from matchmaking." Bungie isn't banning these players outright, as the restrictions applied to offending players are only temporary and apply specifically to the activities where they were "chronically idle."

However, Bungie said if these Destiny players don't shape up, the developer won't be afraid to wield the banhammer. "If the affected players keep up this behavior after the restrictions lapse, we will apply stronger and (eventually) permanent restrictions on their accounts," Hopson explained.

This new policy probably doesn't apply to you, Hopson clarified. Putting down the controller to answer the the phone or get to the door to pay the pizza delivery person won't lead to a ban. Only the people who have "really gone out of their way to repeatedly cheat their teammates" will feel the force of Bungie's banhammer, the developer explained.

As always, Destiny players can utilize the game's reporting system to inform Bungie of bad eggs.

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