The auto kick feature removes team members at a time when they may not be physically able to log into the game on a regular basis. We recently had a team member removed by the auto kick and through extraordinary efforts on our part, were able to re-invite them back to our team. We discovered they had been tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and were incapacitated. Their inactivity was due to contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Disabling the auto kick mechanism within the game will have minimal gameplay impact. It will have significant impact on the players and teams who are struggling and may be directly impacted during this global pandemic.
The global nature of the pandemic means players (and teams) are at varying stages of the impacts of this virus. Some are already recovering, others are fighting for their lives and the lives of their families and some have yet to experience the impacts directly. Let’s find a simple way of continuing to make them feel a part of this gaming community. Let’s stop and recognize some things that are ‘in-game rules’ may need to be examined in a different light, given the current life experience we all face in the days ahead.