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You search for a game on, the countdown starts and at the same moment your telephone also starts ringing. Suppose you want to take that call.

Is it considered a loss if you logout or close the game before the actual game begins?

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According to the patch notes released today:

A player who logs out of the game during a match countdown now receives a point loss. The other player now receives a message that the opposing player has canceled the queue and neither receives a point bonus nor penalty.

So yes, you will take the loss by closing out/quitting the game.


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Yeah, it ends up in a loss. Here's Destiny raging about it.

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Don't think you can answer an "x or y" question with "yes", but at least the video makes it clear :D – Fadeway Jul 25 '12 at 3:33
@Fadeway - The answer to both parts of the question is Yes so how can any other answer be correct? – Ramhound Jul 31 '12 at 18:37
@Fadeway in a logical sense "Do you want an apple or an orange", "Yes" is a perfectly valid response. People who do too much computer programming would even suggest the correct response! – Nick Jul 31 '12 at 19:17
@Ramhound my comment addresses an older state of the question; it has since been edited. – Fadeway Jul 31 '12 at 19:51

This answer is now (with Patch 1.5) outdated.

If you manage to logout in time you will get a tie, as shown in the picture below. I guess if your computer freezes or you try to Alt F4 you might get a loss. The following reasons might apply:

  • Killing a process with Alt F4 is not instant. Every process is given some time to shut down properly. As you only have 3 seconds before the game starts, this might not be enough. Especially on slow or otherwise occupied computers.
  • Exiting Starcraft with Alt F4 might not send a proper logout signal to the sever. Which means you are considered online for a short timeout period.

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Why go to the effort of saying an answer is outdated instead of simply updating the answer? – Ramhound Jul 31 '12 at 18:38
Sorean has posted the correct answer. I want to archive my answer. That is why. – ayckoster Jul 31 '12 at 19:06

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