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Rocket League Season 4 update to punish Casual match rage quitters

Accounts that leave casual matches early will receive timeouts similar to those who abandon Ranked play.


Rocket League will see the release of its anticipated Season 4 update this week and some early news about changes to matchmaking penalties for those who leave multiplayer matches early have ruffled some feathers in the Rocket League community.

Historically, penalties for quitting matches early in Rocket League were confined to players who participated in Ranked playlists. Leaving competitive online matches currently carries a sliding scale of penalties that adjust based on how many matches are abandoned in a 24-hour period. One match drop results in a five-minute matchmaking timeout then rises to ten minutes, twenty minutes, forty minutes, one hour, two hours, and twenty-four hours (should you quit seven times in a 24-hour period).

Players who participate in Casual playlists have not been subject to any penalty for quitting. This will change on Wednesday when the Season 4 Update arrives. The new penalties for those who abandon games Casual playlists are similar to the existing Ranked playlist penalties, though much more relaxed. The first quit in a 24-hour period carries no penalty at all. A five-minute matchmaking timeout applies for the second drop and so on.

Rocket League developer Psyonix has mentioned that steps are being taken to prevent players from being placed into blowout matches already in progress and to prevent being placed into the same lobby multiple times. Predictably, not all players are happy about the coming changes, but that would apply to most video game updates and there is nothing preventing Psynoix from reversing course should this Casual playlist penalty system fail to work as intended.

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    August 10, 2021 6:15 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Rocket League Season 4 update to punish Casual match rage quitters

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      August 10, 2021 6:34 PM

      Apex is doing this too and I guess I kinda get it but I think I hate it more.

      I join casual matches to test settings changes, car changes, PC changes, warm up, or just specifically to be able to drop out at any point if I might be able to play for a little bit but might also have to leave at any time.

      Ranked exists for people to commit to the time. Leave the penalties to ranked games and let casual be casual.

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      August 10, 2021 6:58 PM

      Eh I get it, its pretty damn annoying when your like "I don't want to deal with the stress of playing a comp game right now; let me jump into casual for a few minutes where its not as intense" --- and I proceed to join nothing but a bunch of 6-2 games where everyone has quit and I have only bots on my team and am just getting completely stomped 3-1 etc. Then I quit and reque and it puts me into the same game; then I quit and reque and join a different game where the same thing happens, and next thing you know i've been in and out of 4 or 5 games and wasted 15 minutes of my time to get into one low-key non-ranked match and then we score to go up 1-0 with 3:48 left and their whole team ragequits.

      Its pretty annoying. I think a 5 minute ban for the first few quits is definitely justifiable; makes you think a tiny bit harder if you really want to keep playing your going to have to wait a little penalty for shitting up everyones elses fun. Yes its casual, and on the one hand you should be able to do whatever you want, but on the other hand its who cares if your losing...its about just having fun and not caring why all the ragequits ruining the fun for everyone else.

      There is def a balance somewhere in there.

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        August 10, 2021 9:02 PM

        Yeah you're not wrong. I think what they're doing seems fairly reasonable. They might have to tweak some things over time but in general I think their heart is in the right place. It does suck getting thrown into a match that's unwinnable with 4 minutes left.

        Hopefully with this change you only start a new game and the AI stuff will be gone. The AI was so completely useless if you were beyond like silver rank or so.

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          August 10, 2021 11:14 PM


          We’ve made the following changes to backfill behavior

          If a player leaves a Casual match, they will not be backfilled into the same match

          Casual matches with a score difference of three goals or more will not be backfilled. Bots will replace any players who leave the match.

          I guess that's okish. Seems like they shouldn't backfill at all.

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            August 10, 2021 11:28 PM


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            August 11, 2021 9:21 AM

            also you can now forfeit casual. So if you're down because of leavers and only bots are filling, just forfeit to get a new match.

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        August 11, 2021 12:35 AM

        The whole point of "Casual" is to be able to leave a game if you want to. No one really cares that much weather they win or lose in cas. That's the whole point of Ranked. If you don't take the game seriously, then I see peoples point about the ban for casual. It would suck to be placed in a match with 1-6 and 50 seconds left to go, only to leave and rejoin 4 different times. But anyway yea, I think it's kind of a dumb lame idea to put bans in casual. Like I said, no one really cares THAT much about winning or losing in casual because if they did, they'd play Ranked instead.

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          August 11, 2021 2:28 AM

          Yeah they should play ranked.

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          August 11, 2021 3:58 AM

          It's not about winning or losing, it's about having a fun match.

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          August 11, 2021 9:34 AM

          You only get a ban for Casual after leaving your second game. And that resets after 15 minutes I think they said. So if you're going into a casual match to actually play RL, then this won't really be an issue. If you jump into casual matches to yell What a Save! and then leave, well that's what this is aimed to curb cause that's not fun for anyone.

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          August 11, 2021 9:38 AM

          Casual is almost useless these days for anything other than just warming up. Might as well play a offline match. Folks leave if they go one goal down. Then they put a bot in which often results in another goal scored, or someone joins and doesn't like the score and bolts, etc.

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          August 11, 2021 9:50 AM


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          August 11, 2021 10:20 AM

          People may not care about winning but they do care about fun and playing a lopsided game due to quitters is not fun.

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      August 11, 2021 9:53 AM

      My 4 year old is not gonna like this :(

      Wish me luck explaining to him why he can’t play!

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