Call of Duty: Warzone players are drawing attention to a growing trend of teammates aborting a match if something goes wrong early on.
Part of what makes battle royale games appealing in a way that traditional multiplayer games aren’t is how casual winning and losing can feel. Call of Duty: Warzone players can jump into a match, be instantly knocked out and jump into a new match in seconds. This playstyle is understandably quite comfortable, but also contributes to other issues in Call of Duty: Warzone. Players recently called on the developers of Call of Duty: Warzone to punish teammates who leave a match early.
Being eliminated in a Warzone’s solo queue and leaving a match is a simple process. However, when Call of Duty: Warzone players group into squads, there’s more to it than just the single-player experience. If a teammate dies early, there is every expectation that they will stick around in hopes that their team can bring them back. But patience is not a virtue for many Call of Duty: Warzone players. It’s quicker to leave the match and start a new one, to the detriment of the team they left behind.
A thread on the CODWarzone subreddit drew attention to what they see as an “absolute epidemic” of people quitting games too early in Call of Duty: Warzone. The creator of the Reddit thread says that about two-thirds of their matches result in a teammate being eliminated and immediately dropped out of the match.
Comments in the Reddit thread largely agree that penalties should be increased for those who leave Call of Duty: Warzone matches early. Mention is made of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive system, which prevents players from starting a match until the match they were in has ended. Others argue for more drastic measures, saying that Warzone players should be banned if they leave a match multiple times. Others say that punishment should only be applied for ranked modes, where a player’s rating for behavior can be lowered.
However, there is no universal support for changes. A Call of Duty: Warzone player says they leave teams that are poorly organized, fall in different parts of the map, and don’t use voice communication. Another player mentions that many Warzone players are dealing with game crashes and disconnections. They don’t want to be punished because Warzone still has technical problems.
Then there’s the fact that the developers of Activision and Call of Duty: Warzone probably want the game to remain an accessible, casual experience to play. The number of quitters may be acceptable as long as they continue to play Warzone. For these and other reasons, it seems unlikely that changes will actually take place.
Call of Duty: Warzone is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.