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Rocket League warns creators about “matchmaking abuse” for content

Psyonix put their foot down regarding certain YouTube series going around that promote smurfing for content.
Psyonix, Rocket League’s developers and esports league organisers, allegedly contacted community personalities on 8th June to talk about smurfing for content, Clover Talent’s Matt “Kovalo” reported.

“You cannot intentionally de-rank, throw your placements, start from a new account (regardless of any handicaps or challenges you give yourself on the climb up)”, the now-deleted tweet read.

Later in the day, Psyonix clarified that "starting from a new account is fine" for content.

"As long as you are not intentionally throwing matches or doing anything to abuse the matchmaking system and lowering your rank", the Talent Manager shared the update.

Everyone from Rocket Sledge and MJ “Widow” to Woody and Treyven "Lethamyr" Robitaille reacted to the information now being shared publicly, with the latter being guilty on several accounts.

Leth has two versions of the Road to Supersonic Legend series in the 2v2 and 3v3 formats, the Standard version wrapping up only two days before Psyonix reached out to creators.

Spacestation Gaming peer, Jared “SunlessKhan” Zook has also altered the in-game experience by borrowing an account for every single rank in Rocket League twice for YouTube.

“Road To X Rank” series and any creative content that use boosting, regular or reverse smurfing as a resource will most likely be punished by the developers in an effort to make the matchmaking experience just and fair for everyone.

“I'll probably figure out a better way to provide educational content for RL in some other way soon”, the former professional player Lethamyr tweeted out soon after the news broke. “I never liked doing them in the first place, I did them because of the overwhelming requests.” 

While the content meta will definitely be altered, the casual and competitive playlists will be queuing peacefully from now on as only smurfing or boosting still out there will have to be malicious and well-hidden.


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