As long as there is competitive game, there are all kinds of bad sports. From trash talk to grief to downright disgusting behavior, most players have unfortunately encountered at least a couple of unfortunate times with these malicious players. At first there was basically nothing to do with these players except mute them and maybe use some sort of reporting system if the game had that feature. As games become more popular, the number of these bad players has increased, but there are also tools to prevent this bad behavior.
Blizzard is extremely popular and growing Overwatch had a particularly bad history with malicious players in their community. While there have been many attempts to cure this annoying, insulting, and downright disgusting plague, the latest system they’ve rolled out is trying something a little new. Instead of deterring bad behavior with punishments, which of course still exist, Overwatch there is now a validation system that tries to incentivize good behavior. If you’re wondering what validations are, how they work, how and why you should try and get them, here’s everything you need to know.
The obvious question is: What is validation? In a word, they are a social feature added to the game that aims to act as a reward for players who play nice, are good teammates, and are generally active players for their community. game. There are three types of endorsements that can be earned:
Sports spirit: This type of endorsement is meant to reward players who show good sportsmanship. That means staying positive instead of blaming or arguing with your team, respecting everyone in the game, and generally showing good behavior throughout the game. And this endorsement isn’t just limited to your team, either. Being a good sport for your opponent, whether you win or lose, is also important here. To achieve this, keeping a good attitude, encouraging your teammates through voice chat and avoiding trash talk will be your best bet.
Good teammates: This is a bit more focused than Sports Spirit as it applies directly to your interactions with your particular team during a match. All the usual things mentioned in Sportsmanship apply here, but with a few additions. For example, a good teammate is willing to put the team first. That could mean contributing to a team goal or effort, giving helpful advice or information via voice or text, and perhaps most importantly, in Overwatch, willing to change characters for the sake of the game. If you’re Hanzo’s staple, but your team needs a healer, that small sacrifice will go a long way toward earning this endorsement.
Shoot the caller: If you are a Overwatch veteran, this is a good endorsement to look forward to. If you know all the tips, character strategies, and best team coordination for the situation, then telling that information to your team – respectfully and kindly, of course – is how you become a Shot Caller. Being a good leader by giving helpful advice, especially to players who may be new or simply unfamiliar with the current meta, is great for building a community. stronger, making this a great endorsement.
So now that we’ve covered the different types of assertions, how do you actually get them? The game itself can’t really pick out who’s a Good Teammate or a Shooting Caller like it can for gameplay, meaning you and the other players in the game decide who, if anyone, is worthy. authenticated .
Once the match is complete, you will see the option to confirm a player while the game stage is displayed. You are allowed to give up to three players endorsements per match to prevent spamming or system manipulation, so choose carefully before giving out. You will also earn yourself 50 XP for every endorsement you give.
You can give any endorsement you want to anyone on your team, except yourself, of course, but you can’t give a Good Teammate or Caller to someone else in your party for reasons by obvious. However, you can – and should – still endorse sportsmanship to someone on another team if they deserve it. Remember that you can only confirm one player with one confirmation at a time and you can only confirm any individual player every 12 hours. This is also the time when you will see if anyone agrees with you. As long as you’ve finished the match, you’re eligible for confirmation, even if you leave right after the match ends to start looking for another match.
You cannot give or receive confirmations in arcade mode or to people in your party or friends who are friends. This prevents friends from promoting each other with endorsements.
There are a few main reasons why you should care about validation. The first is the health of the community in the game. Overwatch nothing without players and everyone wants to have a good time without feeling harassed or being placed on a team that someone intentionally lost. Second, assertions have their own progression system to work with. They don’t use the same XP system as your normal level, but can instead only be leveled up by earning that extra endorsement. In other words, keep being a good sport, and you’ll get higher level endorsements. Each person can go up to a maximum of five at the moment, but that level isn’t static. If you stop earning approval, or worse, being reported as malicious, it will drop.
Finally, there are some other bonuses that you can enjoy when you get a confirmation. The first is to get some match search preferences in the new Team Search option so you’ll be ranked alongside other highly rated players. Blizzard has also hinted at other additional rewards that will be given to highly rated players over time, but details on those rewards have yet to be shared. Some people suspect the extra loot boxes and discount credits, which seem like rewards but are just rumors at this point.