If you’re one of those strange people who enjoys playing with total strangers (you probably like “sunlight” and “fresh air” as well, you weirdo) then you might have been miffed at the amount of people straight-up bailing on your Mann vs. Machine Team Fortress 2 matches when things go south, they get bored, or just alt-tab out to watch cat gifs.
This is soon to be a thing of the past however, as Valve are introducing new penalties for players who abandon their comrades in the heat of battle. A new letter from the desk of Saxton Hale highlights the problem and points to the updated FAQ on ‘Abandoning’. The criteria for being labelled an ‘abandoner’ is as follows:
- You leave a game while playing a Mann Up game on an official server; and
- You have not played through a single wave to completion or failure; and
- There are 5 or more players currently connected to the server (including you).
Players who repeatedly abandon games will be punished with longer wait times by being placed in a low-priority cheaters pool, and presumably made to wear embarassing water wings.
Source: TF2 Blog