Reverse Boosters in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to be Handed Bans

Players of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare who have engaged in ‘reverse boosting’ are to be banned, according to a blog post by Michael Condrey, Studio Head and Co-founder of Sledgehammer Games.

Players that reverse boost do so by continually killing themselves in game, usually via grenades at their own feet over and over and over. This repeated suicide loop causes the matchmaking system to put them in games with lower ability players next time around, obviously giving the more advanced player a sheep filled killing field in which they can dominate more easily. Not only does this ruin the game for players on the same team as the reverse booster, being one team member down and deaths tend to count, but also for the newer players in the next game.

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.  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.[…]  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. – Michael Condrey, Studio Head and Co-founder of Sledgehammer Games

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