During a talk at GDC 2014 aimed at [email protected] developers, Frank Savage, partner and development lead at Microsoft, said that rather than just ding players for poor, unsportsmanlike behavior on Xbox Live, players may be rewarded for exhibiting exemplary behavior. Don’t expect Rewards from Microsoft anytime soon, because Microsoft hasn’t determined what those rewards might be, and this idea is still in the “brainstorming” stages.
In an effort to promote better behavior on Xbox Live, Microsoft is planning to give rewards to Xbox One owners who contribute positively through their online interactions. Instead of simply penalizing players for bad behavior, the Xbox maker hopes to “actively encourage them to be better” in future Xbox Live updates.
If your reputation is “soaring because you’re this amazing player that everyone wants to be with,” Xbox Live’s reputation algorithm may recognize that and dole out unspecified rewards. It’s Microsoft’s way of saying, “Thanks for being such a good member of the community, here’s a reward,” Savage said.
“Our new reputation model helps expose people that aren’t fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players,” Dunn said last year.