Eric Musco issued an update on Season 5 PvP Win Trading, which saw 90% decrease in win trading activity and 50% decrease in trolls.
Update on Win-Trading in Season 5 | 05.21.2015, 07:22 PM
I am here to give an update on win-trading and ranked “trolls” for Season 5. As of earlier this week we sent out another round of warnings and action against players who were participating in win-trading or being trolly in ranked play. I did want to provide some additional information besides just letting you know timing of action going out. Many of you requested that we be more up front about the action we were taking against players, and you were right in asking for that! Our aggressive action against these players along with being up front and transparent about has led to a fairly substantial change, let me give you some numbers:
- Since we started communicating about win-trading and the actions we were going to take, nearly 90% of the previous reports and related win-trading activity have stopped.
- In addition, the majority of “trolls,” have stopped their behavior and over 50% of those players have ceased completely.
We hope that many of you are experiencing similar results when you’re playing Ranked. We are going to continue monitoring and taking action as needed. Thanks!
Update on Win-Trading in Season 5 | 05.21.2015, 08:09 PM
Originally Posted by uaintjak
Have stopped what completely? The majority of trolls have stopped trolling and 50% of those trolls have ceased…?
Playing? Breathing? Writing in their diaries?
Originally Posted by TUXs
I assume he meant queuing at all.
Mainly diary writing
TUXs is correct in that we mean queueing for PvP. In some cases, we mean playing SWTOR at all, as they were suspended for their actions.
Update on Win-Trading in Season 5 | 05.21.2015, 08:18 PM
Originally Posted by Vallerine
How do you detect whether somebody is win trading? It’s obvious when somebody types /stuck to let the other team win, but how can you tell if a player is deliberately playing badly on his 2018 expertise character (who doesn’t care about ranked) to let his friend on the other team win?
How can you tell a genuine bad player from someone who is deliberately playing badly?
This is a great question, but unfortunately, one I cannot answer directly. If I tell you how we find people, then win-traders can learn that too and change their behavior.
What I can say is that we track many different data points and use a combination of triggers in those data points to find people. We want to be sure we are catching the right people and try to avoid false-positives as much as possible.
Hope that makes sense!