The definition of a “smurf” that I’m working under is a high ranking player (typically that is ranked Diamond or above) that purchases a new account and throw matches up to level 25. Their main goal is to be placed in skill tiers far lower than their main account in order to have fun winning easy matches at the expense of other players in that rank.
There have been reports of players being actioned on their smurf accounts for general “disruptive gameplay”, but outside of the reporting feature, what is it can be done about this behavior? There are already instances where notable streamers buy new accounts for the explicit purpose of smurfing without any action being made, as far as I’m aware.
In a specific case, a high ranking Overwatch streamer TimTheTatMan threw his matches on a new account up to level 25 in order to play with another streamer, DrDisrespect, to try and boost him out of silver. Not only is the behavior of boosting against the ToS, but no action has been taken against either player for smurfing or this attempt at boosting. As an added bonus for those who are appalled at this behavior, neither player is advancing up the comp ladder, leaving them with nothing to be gained by this attempt at boosting.
Let me know your thoughts. As always, I wish you all a Torbtastic day! Thank you