Today DOTA 2 announced that they have banned 90,000 smurf accounts that have been active over the last few months in the MOBA. Additionally, they have traced those smurf accounts back to their main accounts where action could also be taken.
As defined in the DOTA 2 blog post on the matter, Smurf accounts are: "alternate accounts used by players to avoid playing at the correct MMR, to abandon games, to cheat, to grief, or to otherwise be toxic without consequence".
Going forward, any main account found associated with a smurf account could result in a wide range of punishments. Anything from temporary adjustments to permanent account bans are on the table for those found to be participating in smurfing.
DOTA 2 views smurfing as a form of cheating, and firmly stands behind their belief that matches are best when all players are of equal skill level. The devs encourage players to report others who they believe are smurfing through the in-game reporting system.
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