Community demands ban for Overwatch pro allegedly caught smurfing

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Smurfing has long been an issue in competitive gaming. For those not in the know, smurfing is the act of using a low level character or game account to ensure that your opposition will be significantly below your level of skill. There are various schools of thought on the moral implications of smurfing, but most would agree that it is, at the very least, a display of highly unsporting behaviour.

There's no need for smurfing when you've got our guide to the best Overwatch heroes handy.

It was, therefore, hardly a surprise when the community reacted negatively to an Overwatch pro streaming his smurfing activities. Using the alias IDDQ6, he can be seen utterly demolishing wave after wave of enemy players, whilst laughing and commenting on their perceived ineptitude. Occasionally he stops the onslaught to type the phrase ‘I fak you’ into the chat, presumably in an attempt to taunt the opposing players in pseudo-broken English.

Many annoyed viewers took to the Overwatch forums in a now deleted thread which detailed their grievances with the player. Similarly, the comments on the offending Youtube video mainly center around the idea that this sort of thing is unacceptable. Furthermore, there have been multiple calls for the pro, who is alleged to be Swedish player ‘IDDQD’ to be banned permanently on all of his accounts, with the top comment simply saying “Blizzard, wake up, he's smurf streaming and you're not banning him”.

Check out the original report at MMO Examiner and let us know how you feel about smurfing in the comments section below. Should IDDQD be banned, or is this all being blown out of proportion?

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xNuke Avatar
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2 Months ago

I can understand smurfing when you just want to play the game, but in a more relaxed environment (which in turn brings your skill level to be more in line with newer or weaker players) without affecting your main account.

But actually try-harding, making fun of these poor people and insulting them? All for the sake of bringing in viewers and essentially making money? No. This is highly unsportsmanlike. I hope blizz does take action against him.

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Grave Knight Avatar
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2 Months ago

Think this goes a little beyond smurfing and directly into the realm of griefing.

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ßácõñ Avatar
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2 Months ago

I find it funny they refer to him as a "Pro"

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QDP2 Avatar
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2 Months ago

How many smurf accounts do "Pro" League players own? They all often stream on smurfs. Difference is that there smurfs are generally of decent rank. Hide on Bush, VayneTILT, Nightweeb3. They're close in ELO to there main, so the gameplay isn't overly detrimental or harmful to the enemy team.

This here isn't fair, and (in my opinion) should not be excepted. This is flat out bullying the enemy team. No less harmful than if a skilled player installed aimbots. All of those Chinese accounts were banned for giving themselves an unfair advantage, I do not see how this is any different.

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Chueven Avatar
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1 Month ago

Guess what bro, League of Legends is a damn free to play game. Overwatch isn't.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Month ago

You put it like paying for the game makes smurfs any less relevent. The only difference in Overwatch being a pay-for game is that there are fewer smurfs. Why should that reduce the repercussions in any way shape or form? Each smurf playing like this is causing just as much detriment to the OW community as a plat or diamond player would cause on a silver smurf LoL account.

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Braneman Avatar
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2 Months ago

He's a crouch spammer, ban him.

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[GM] SocietyX Avatar
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2 Months ago

I think the idea of smurfing is one that is kind of mixed in design purpose. Some "Pros" will smurf just to show players how to 'climb' in rank. Or they'll do gimmicky concepts like "One hero only" and other things for fun. It's meant to be entertaining and light hearted or educational. It sounds like what this guy did is just be Toxic and stroke his e-peen. That kind of behavior is often punishable by itself.

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