So I know a lot of ideas have been thrown out and I know we in the comp community have had candid discussions about what could work. I just wanted to throw this out there to see what everyone thought or could come up with.
Right now, it's beta and ranks are being reset so a lot of people are just trying to get a feel for the game. A lot of people are new to Insurgency so they are just trying to learn the base game before jumping into competitive.
I think we all agree there needs to be a fix to the queue system and NWI has stated multiple times (including last night) that they think they have found a fix for the bugged queue system - they're still testing it. The optimization issues need to be fixed first so people can actually play before NWI can divert programmers to competitive (makes sense to me).
Incentives for Playing Competitive
Focus on Positive Reinforcement - these are just ideas not absolute suggestions - not all ideas are my own but from the community.
Also - I believe skins should be banned from competitive play as some skins are more advantageous than others are certain maps. They certainly will at a league level. Default skins only.
Display Competitive Ranks (can be displayed next to the public rank icon). If name too long on scoreboard, shorten with (Namelong...). Unsure if to display in competitive matches only or also in public. I wouldn't show CP as that could be a little trolly and is a bit overkill. "I have 750 CP and you have 740 CP, listen to me!"
Increase XP given in Comp MM. Right now it is really hard to level up in competitive. It takes me 3-5 games to level up depending on the rounds in Competitive MM. In public, I level up after almost every match, and for sure every 2 matches.
1 hour of playing pub per level (estimate) vs. 2-3 hours of play Comp per level (estimate).
- Specific skins that can only be earned through competitive.
3a. Every week if a user plays X matches they'll be awarded a skin/bonus in game currency. Can increase the number of matches needed every time they hit the "x". So the first time it's 4 matches for a skin/bonus in game currency, then 8, then 12, then 16... so they must play more matches every time to earn a reward.
3b. Award extra in game currency for playing placement matches or a skin for completely placement matches
Steam achievements for playing placement matches.
Overwatch like peer-vote achievements/nominations such as Good Sportsmanship, Good Teammate, Good Communication. You can't vote for people in your party. You can vote for the other team too (good sportsmanship). You can only vote for 3 people total (number is just a suggestion).
Tie in steam achievements to this, for example (receive 3 sportsmanship nominations). Maybe tie in skins or extra currency somehow. For example give "X currency" for a nomination - has to be balanced though and not ridiculously too much.
This promotes teamwork, people not being toxic, and communication. It works very well in OW, people are really nice and it makes people feel welcome.
A huge issue is people not using microphones in comp.
- Your idea?
I am interested to see what you guys come up with / opinions. Again these are just brainstorming ideas and I am sure there are some gems out there that some of you guys can suggest/come up with.