Game director Jeff Kaplan stated back in June that Blizzard Entertainment will terminate the toxic players of its team-based multiplayer online first-person shooter game, “Overwatch.” Now, the statement of the game director will be materialized as the company’s forum made it known that the permanent bans will kick off on September 27.

The “Overwatch” game director went into a huge discussion about how the video game company wanted to provide the best gaming experience. This will definitely involve terminating cheaters, quitting in the middle of the game when losing, as well as gamer’s hate-filled comments.

New ban rule

According to Game Rant, the game’s new ban rule will permanently ban any “Overwatch” gamer who has three or more seasonal bans from taking part in the Competitive Play. The new rule only affects the Competitive Play mode, at least for now.

An “Overwatch” player will be qualified for a permanent Competitive Play ban even if the player’s seasonal bans are not made consecutively. For instance, if a gamer received a seasonal ban in Seasons 2 and 3, and then acquired the third ban in Season 6, as soon as the player’s third ban has been issued, that player will be eligible for a permanent ban.

Being terminated in the Competitive Play forever is such a big deal for “Overwatch” players. Nonetheless, toxic players are obviously an issue for the video game company, and while the studio may move slower compared to some gamers, the company appears to be committed to doing something about it.

Free play weekend

Meanwhile, the free play weekend of the first-person shooter game will be available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. The game’s free weekend will give gamers access to 16 maps and 25 heroes in several modes, such as the Arcade and Custom Games, as well as in the Quick Play. During the free weekend, “Overwatch” players can unlock customization options, level up and earn Loot Boxes.

Since launch, the heroes have increased to 25, which means gamers will play the new “Overwatch” free play weekend much differently. The video game company also rolled out some changes to several heroes.

The new free play weekend will require the Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus on the console. Players who intend to play on PC are required to have a account. According to PlayStation LifeStyle, Blizzard Entertainment will kick off the new free play weekend on September 22 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and will end on September 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.