GAMES: Valve Resets and Bans over 17,000 Smurt Accounts
January 15, 2019 Victoria Luz
What a good way to start the year. Valve resets smurf accounts in Dota 2 and players are rejoicing!
Dota 2 developer, Valve Corporation, has reset and banned over 17,000 smurf accounts found abusing the matchmaking system of the game. In all honesty, smurfs and account buyers have been a long time problem in the Dota 2 community.
Valve has been taking up measures to ensure that smurf accounts or account buyers are decreased, if not eliminated. Especially those who abuse the matchmaking system. They’ve already given heavy penalties for irresponsible players who abandon games and get high reports, much to the satisfaction of the community.
In the same way, they’ve also given heavy penalties to smurf accounts for abusing the matchmaking system. According to some Dota 2 players in Steam forum, they’ve been given 5-year bans for matchmaking abuse and boosting. They are strictly imposing users to register a unique phone number to their Dota 2 account in order to play ranked matches. In that way, they will be able to monitor the accounts and combat smurfing.
Smurf Accounts and Account Buyers
Today we reset roughly 17,000 accounts that were found to be abusing matchmaking to get into ranked. These techniques were mostly used by smurfs or account buyers.
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Smurf accounts or “smurf” refers to an experienced or high-skilled player who creates a new account in the game. They will be matched with low ranked players. This gives them easy wins all throughout the calibration phase. Since this happens, newbies and low ranked players have to deal with this kind of scenario every day. It’s kind of frustrating especially when they want to grind and level up their rank. Because of the imbalanced skill, this leaves players frustrated.
In a likely manner, some players buy smurf accounts with high levels. Buying high ranked accounts allows them to play ranked matches without having to play the 100 games needed. Sometimes, low ranked players tend to buy high ranked accounts. Which means they get to play against high skilled players out of their league. It’s frustrating too for the high skilled players because matchmaking in high ranks is very challenging and competitive.
The 17,000 accounts disabled or banned would make a dent to Valve’s figures. But this doesn’t faze them as they would want the players to have the best Dota 2 experience.