In possibly one of the funniest moves I've seen from Valve recently, they're handing out lumps of coal when banning Dota 2 players. Valve have been fighting off toxic Dota 2 players for a whole mixture of reasons from smurf accounts to general in-game toxic behaviour and they've continued banning a lot of people.
To explain: smurf accounts are made by experienced players to play against lower-ranked players, often just stomping all over them and it's just not very fun for competitive games.
Back in September Valve banned 90,000 accounts of smurfs and in the latest update for the Frostivus 2023 event for the holidays they mentioned that if you're on the "Naughty List" that it's "gonna be a bloodbath" and mentioned multiple tens of thousands of accounts were banned again on December 14th. In the update post Valve teased what they had in store for naughty people mentioning "Except smurf accounts, who we assume will not enjoy the update as they choke on their richly-deserved coal-flavored just desserts."
One pro player, Mason “mason” Venne, ended up getting this special gift live which was captured on Twitch, screenshot:
Hilarious. And fully deserved for anyone making online games miserable for others. Mason did a Reddit post to try and explain themselves, which was deleted, but the internet never forgets.
Great to see Valve put in such active effort to continue to make Dota 2 a better game for everyone. Maybe I will jump in again soon…