What are smurfs? They're alternate accounts people use to go into a rank of matchmaking they shouldn't be in, to cause problems, to cheat, to grief other players and generally be toxic. They easily ruin games and so Valve pulled out the great bin ban-hammer and got rid of 90,000 of them this month.
Valve said they also traced all the smurf accounts to the main account of each player. Going forward, Valve say, a person's main account found to be matched with a smurf could result in "a wide range of punishments, from temporary adjustments to behavior scores to permanent account bans".
Hopefully this threat will make more people think twice before going into an alternate account to screw up matches for others. Cheating and smurfing is a constant problem in online games, so it's good to see Valve put in serious effort to get rid of it.
Have you been playing Dota 2 since the Summer Update? Let me know how you've been getting on in the comments.
Additionally, an update to Dota 2 released recently should solve these problems for Linux players:
- Fixed some over-bright rendering in Vulkan when color-correction post-processing was enabled.
- Fixed a crash in the Vulkan renderer on Linux.
- Fixed a crash on Linux GPUs with low memory.
- Fixed fullscreen flickering on multi-monitor Linux systems.