Under the description of what is and isn’t cheating according to Blizzard, they write that, “engaging in any activity that grants an unfair advantage” is acceptable reason to be reported for cheating.
When higher level players purchase a smurf account and play comp games far below their actual rank, they are actively engaging in an activity that grants them an unfair advantage over the opposing team.
Blizzard, by your own words the act of smurfing is cheating. Please figure out a solution to this, because it’s ruining this game for your average players.
I’ll even give you some ideas:
- Lock an IP or MAC address to a specific account. Any new accounts purchased under the same IP or MAC get automatically placed in the same rank as the main account.
- Allow players to have a “parent” account, and give them an option to buy “child” accounts underneath the primary. Anything they do in their “child” accounts is isolated, however the rank on their main account remains a benchmark. If their rank suddenly falls far below or shoots far higher than this benchmark, it’s an obvious sign of cheating the system.
I’m not a developer, but I can’t imagine a solution to this problem - because it is, in fact, a problem - is that hard to find. You can still make your money, but at least give us average players a break.