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Boosting = Bad, 'Smurfing' Not So Much According to Kaplan

Posted by Suzie Ford on Apr 18, 2017  | Comments

Boosting = Bad, 'Smurfing' Not So Much According to Kaplan - Overwatch - MMORPG.com

Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan has weighed in on a lengthy thread about "smurfing", the name for when an experienced ranked player buys a second account and plays in low-tier competitive matches. According to Kaplan, smurfing isn't a big issue with the team, though when a highly skilled player "carries", or boosts, another player to artificially increase their rating is something the OW team frowns upon.

Kaplan explained that the team had tracked a well-known player who bought a second account and streamed his game play with a low-level character. "Within 15 games," Kaplan wrote, "the MMRs (between the  two accounts) were equal."

Boosting, however, is something Blizzard takes very seriously:

Boosting is bad and we are very actively working on preventing and punishing this behavior. Rules like the 500 SR differential in Comp above Diamond exist because of Boosting. There is nothing about Boosting that is acceptable and we want you to know that we are taking great efforts to minimize the impact on "fair" players.

Check out the full post and player reaction to it, by visiting the Overwatch forum.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom