The Overwatch League brought back it’s new discipline tracker online, punishing seven Overwatch league players for boosting. This is a major dark cloud over esports as it hurts the integrity of the esports industry.
Last Friday was a dark day for the Overwatch League. There were account boosting in play which were assessed by the league officials. In a statement from the league, they said,
“As players join the Overwatch League, the league office conducts a full review of their conduct and, where appropriate, takes disciplinary action.”
In a strict auditing process, the league reviews each case they find on their own, collecting key information on the levels of discipline and include both severity and recency of the actions that are reviewed. They league continued to say.
“During the season, the league office will continue to evaluate infractions and take action as needed.”
What is boosting?
Boosting is a serious issue. A booster is a gamer that gets “free” kills/points in a game which consists of only his other accounts/boosting buddies. Normally a booster has multiple consoles/pcs and uses various accounts to aid with the points collecting. Every game has specific reasons for boosting; for example Call of Duty where gamers boost to get higher prestiges. Boosters can typically get triple the amount of points in a single game than the average points accumulated across the board.
Essentially, what takes a booster does in 1 hour to achieve 100,000 points, for example, might take the average gamer 1 month to get. Boosting is clearly visible from analyzing stats and in the Overwatch League there’s certain protocols and data measured to flag accounts that boost.
Some of the players that were caught for boosting were:
- Damon “Apply” Conti (Florida Mayhem)
- Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse (Boston Uprising)
- Park “Viol2t” Min-ki (San Francisco Shock)
- Cai “Krystal” Shilong (Hangzhou Spark)
Their punishment wasn’t exactly severe as they got away with only being suspended two games, (Krystal only got one game suspension). As well, as the saying goes, once a booster always a booster. Their names are tarnished now as it’s a title you cannot remove, and having a boosting title isn’t exactly what gamers strive for.
To boost in South Korea is an official crime, and this is the new standard in the esports industry. So the players that were caught are considered lucky. Furthermore, players that previously had boosting penalties while playing in Contenders are not subject to further discipline upon joining the Overwatch League.
On February 14, 2019, the Overwatch League 2019 season starts in Burnak, California (at the Blizzard Arena). There’s a $5,000,000 prize pool with a $3,500,000 distributed based off of the playoff results. There will be twenty teams including eight expansion teams that will participate in the Overwatch League Season 2.
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