Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare Reverse Boosting Exploiters Will Be Punished, Sledgehammer Says

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jan 19, 2015 03:29 PM EST
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Sledgehammer Games would like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players to stop intentionally killing themselves in matches, if that's not too much to ask.

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Players have taken to what's known as reverse boosting--intentionally bombing their own stats by continuously committing suicide during a game in order to rank down. Bad stats will place you in matches with worse players, who you can be rewarded for dominating.

In a rather long blog post (which focuses on the issue in its second half), Sledgehammer Head Michael Condrey calls on players to cease reverse boosting, and outlines the team's plans to wipe it out if (most likely when) it continues anyway.

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"Playing at home, I've been randomly matched with players doing this and it's incredibly frustrating to lose based largely on my team being down a contributing teammate," says Condrey. "We've also had a lot of players bring up their same concern about playing in matches with these players. No one wants to lose an objective based match by effectively being outnumbered while their teammate shoots grenades into their own forehead 100 times in the corner. It's not right, and it hurts you and your team's online experience. Call of Duty is both social and competitive, and we respect and honor that.

"It's not dissimilar from the bans that cheaters and boosters receive, and we have increased our focus on reverse boost banning to combat the growing issue. No one is trying to restrict the fun factor of playing Advanced Warfare with this policy, nor are we actively banning against particular styles of play, like trick shots. However, we have a low tolerance approach to people who ruin the experience for others through cheating, boosting, reverse boosting or being caught with toxic emblems in game. We don't like seeing any of these happen, and we're pushing to eliminate these behaviors from the game."

Be warned, reverse boosters--your time is limited, and you're ruining it for everyone else. People will always try to game the system, and hopefully Sledgehammer can effectively quash that segment of players.

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