Valorant dev tackles smurfing paranoia: ‘smurfs are less common than players think’

Bam! You’re dead. It was a headshot from far away with the same gun you’re using. Dang, they’re pretty good. Maybe even too good. Could they be smurfing?

These are the considerations players make in the heat of a competitive FPS like CS:GO, Rainbow Six Siege, or Valorant. When a teammate or opponent seems to be overperforming based on their rank, they might actually be a higher-ranked player using an alternate account (a “smurf” account). The ethics of smurfing (opens in new tab) are complicated, but most agree that playing against a smurf sucks. Some believe smurfing is a problem that developers have little incentive to solve.

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