The gaming culture is no stranger to the practice of smurfing. This is defined as logging into a secret account that is separate to your main account, therefore allowing you to play a game undetected. Typically, smurfing is used by players to better themselves without having to compromise their main account’s stats, giving them free reign to try out new strategies or play without affecting their record that they have garnered so far. This is something that is quite common in Rocket League, with many players choosing to use this method on a regular basis.
From the Rocket League perspective, smurfing entails having one account that is ranked low in competitive, and having another that is ranked high. These are then partied up and put into matches, therefore tricking the game into placing them into matches that seem to be even. So hypothetically, you can get a team of diamonds playing against low platinums.
This practice is common in Rocket League, but perhaps only because it isn’t a bannable offence, according to the game’s forums. If you are caught, apparently you won’t receive any season rewards, which is punishment enough for some players. The art of smurfing is often frowned upon in many other games, a couple in particular being Blizzard franchises StarCraft and Overwatch, whilst in other cases such as CS:GO, it is considered by many to be a worse problem than hacking.
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