Overwatch 2 Leaver Penalties explained for Season 10

Overwatch 2 Leaver Penalties explained for Season 10
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Written by 

Morgan Truder & Daniel Megarry


19th Apr 2024 14:07

A new Overwatch 2 season always brings plenty of new changes to the game, and Season 10 has introduced not only a new hero, but also some major changes to how Leaver Penalties work in the popular hero shooter.

Leaver Penalties are there to try and prevent players from dipping from games when they're losing because it's unfair to other players in the team. Like with everything in a live service game, there are always tweaks and changes so knowing how these penalties work is important - you don’t want to unintentionally be punished in the game.

Unranked Leaver Penalties explained 

Here are the penalties you'll receive if you leave a certain amount of matches in Unranked mode:

Games Left Penalty
1 out of your last 20 matches A warning
2-3 out of your last 20 matches 5 minutes of no matchmaking
4-5 out of your last 20 matches 20 minutes of no matchmaking
6-9 out of your last 20 matches 4 hours of no matchmaking
10+ out of your last 20 matches 48 hours of no matchmaking

As you can see from the table above, the more matches you leave, the higher the penalty you'll get.

There are no outright bans for leaving Unranked matches, but you can be put on up to 48 hours of suspension from matchmaking. Even leaving a few matches will leave you unable to matchmake for a while.

Competitive Leaver Penalties explained

Here are the penalties you'll receive if you leave a certain amount of matches in Competitive mode:

Games Left Penalty
1 of your recent matches 15 minutes of no matchmaking
2 of your recent matches 2 hours of no matchmaking
3 of your recent matches 8 hours of no matchmaking
4 of your recent matches 20 hours of no matchmaking
5 of your recent matches Competitive season ban
10 throughout the season Competitive season ban

The penalties for Competitive mode are a lot harsher, with players being temporarily suspended whenever they leave any Competitive match.

Leaving one match will result in a 15-minute ban, with the penalties getting stronger if games are left repeatedly. There's also a rule in Competitive mode that will ban players for the rest of the current season if they leave 10 matches or more. 

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That’s all you need to know about Penalties in Overwatch 2 for both Competitive and Unranked. Remember that even if you unintentionally disconnect, it will count as you leaving the match, so be careful!

Check out our Overwatch 2 homepage for more guides, like the hero tier list, the current player count, all hero voice actors, and the hero pick rates.

Morgan Truder
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Morgan Truder
Morgan is one of the Guides Writers at GGRecon. He first started writing about games for fun whilst doing his BA (Hons) in History and Film. Since then he has turned this passion into a career and was previously an Editor at VideoGamer before joining GGRecon. Despite enjoying all sorts of games, he can often be found playing Football Manager, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Sekiro.
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