Nobody is forcing them to play Outpost Rush and afk the entire duration of the match. Either you contribute with something or just don’t queue. It’s that simple.
I’ve had also matches which I had to step away from PC for longer than 5 minutes. I took the 1 hour off Outpost rush, just because I didn’t want for the team to lose a player and just get another one waiting in queue.
Clearly all afkers are exploiting a non-existant system : go into Outpost and just afk, you get something for doing nothing.
But you’re going to get people to figure out loopholes out of spite.
Removing loss rewards is an option but then you open up two additional routes
Win trading becomes a thing
People just don’t bother because a potential 20-30 minute match for little to nothing isn’t worth it and the game mode dies because only the sweatiest players queue in servers with not enough sweaty players.
This is what happens when you tie the best method of making raw gold into a PvP game mode. Expect people to cheese it in any way possible. No one wants to run into constant heavy + GA combos and get slaughtered with next to no way to counter it unless you also go that build.
Gotta expect people to be there just for the rewards.
And if Outpost Rush gonna be the best and easier source of money, many players will join just to make gold, and you gonna see many players AFK or not caring about the objective because they are there just to farm gold.
Lessons from history could stop us from making the same old mistakes
The hard part is balance in a way to not make the queues take forever and not make it too rewardable to the point people will queue just for the rewards.