Blizzard Will Apply a Silence Penalty to Combat World of Warcraft Chat Abuse

I played World of Warcraft for years…




Known as WoW by folks in the know, World of Warcraft was a big part of my life in my late twenties. If you count the hours I played, it probably added up to an entire year of my life spent on that game. I made lots of friends and even though I haven’t played the game in years, I’m still friends on social networks with some of those folks and communicate with them regularly today. Unfortunately, as anyone knows, open world MMORPGs also contain a lot of people who spam chat to advertise gold-buying or power-leveling services. There are also a ton of jerks who harass or bully other players. World of Warcraft has always had an ignore command that could block someone from sending you whispers in chat and my ignore list was long for sure. Blizzard’s new silence penalty will be introduced on the August 30th release of the latest expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion. Once a player is reported by another player for harassment or spam, the account will be investigated and a silence penalty could be enforced.

Silenced Players Cannot:

  • Talk in Instance Chat (Raid, Party, and Battlegrounds)
  • alk in global channels that are auto joined (such as General or Trade)
  • Create Calendar Invites/Events
  • Send in-game mail
  • Send Party Invitations
  • Send War Game Invitations
  • Send Invitations to Duel
  • Update a Premade Group Listing
  • Create a New List for a Premade Group

Silenced Player Still Can:

  • Whisper to friends (both WoW friends and Battle.net Friends)
  • Reply to Whispers from Non-friends
  • Party/Raid Chat (with Invited Players)
  • Create Parties and Raids
  • Talk in Global Channels that have a moderator
  • Share Quests
  • Sign up for a pre-made group

Blizzard states that the penalty will last for 24 hours and then the duration will double for each subsequent penalty. There is no maximum limit which means repeat offenders could find themselves restricted for very long periods.

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