there is only a way to avoid leavers: someone drops? his opponent win the match. Easy and really fair. Sometime may happen that someone drop for incidental causes (blackout, ip problems, ecc ecc), but those happen one or twice and while this game doesn't penalize losses, i can't see any problem with this solution.
And this is why we come up with suggestion of how to get rid of plug-pullers other way.
no, you're wrong.
You can know who's the "dropper" via steam.
Since this game use steam to arrange mp games, you can use it to check the game status on player's pc: if someone alt+f4 steam will detect who close the game. If someone simply turn off connection, then also steam will be turned off.
Again: this game runs via steam. It get the connection to internet via steam. You have to disconnect steam to disconnect the game (without shutting it down, of course).
In fact, actually the game shows you two different messages when you lost connection or when your opponent lost it.
Btw, configure ports is a quite complex procedure, that require much more skills than simply pressing alt+f4 or turning off your router.
Rewarding losses is just useless (and also stupid in my opinion). Some people drop just because they can't stand the losses, not because they are not rewarded.
And that's why i think the concept is also stupid:
Bad behaviors have to be punished, not rewarded with a bonus gained doing what they are supposed to do.
But if their stats start looking worse by purposely disconnecting when they're losing, the entire purpose of disconnecting is gone because it will still reflect badly on their stats.
I think there are just two major solutions: either get rid of the leaderboards completely or automatically give the person who disconnects first the loss (can be detected by Steam).
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Has anyone gathered some numbers on the amount/percentage of people who drops? Today I think maybe 60-70% of my opponents (the ones I defeated) dropped at the end. Maybe 90% of the high-rank players. I just think its annoying and confusing that people can be such cowards. Some of them didn't even drop well and I had to sit there for several minutes as the game writhed in death cramps giving tiny moments of movement once in a while.