From my perspective, the frequency of mid-game quitting is getting ridiculous. Case in point from a few minutes ago:
Important Note - The game in question was within the current Event
Bottom of the 1st, score tied at 0, 2 outs. I hit a deep solo home run with Mike Trout, and before the ball crosses the wall my opponent quits out of the game. WTAF?!
From the point of view of wanting to do well in the Event, I don't mind the easy win. On the other hand, I didn't join the Event for the glory of accumulating wins in said Event. I joined the Event because I want to play baseball online against other human beings and I tend to expect that there will be fewer instances of cry/pout-quits when the teams are even(ish) by default. Previously, most of the quits I have experienced have been perpetrated by opponents who were overmatched at the time of the quit, either via roster differences or after I've gotten a big lead in the game.
But for Pete's sake... bottom of the 1st, after giving up a single run, with even teams?
I believe that SDS should do at least one of the following, ideally all of them:
1st instance of quitting mid-game: 30-minute ban from online play
2nd instance of quitting mid-game: 2-hour ban from online play
3rd instance of quitting mid-game: 8-hour ban from online play
4th instance of quitting mid-game: 24-hour ban from online play
Any further instances of quitting mid-game: 72-hour ban from online play
Put quitters into a separate pool of players for online play, an area populated solely by players who have quit mid-game within the past week.
Label player icons with a badge indicating their percentage of games they've quit.
In online play, after the teams have been set and shown to the players, but before a single pitch is thrown, give opponents the option to avoid playing someone with a quit percentage over a certain value.
The culture that has developed in online play for The Show - a sad exponent of our culture in general at present - enables the immediate rejection of anything which a certain type of person finds to be disappointing, not to their liking, etc. It's bad for the people whose time is wasted and it's bad for the game overall. Something needs to be done about it, in my opinion.
What do you think?
All the best,