When it comes to competitive games, people will do just about anything to get ahead. That is why Activision and Sledgehammer Games have announced that if you are caught reverse boosting, you will get your account banned. Reverse boosting is the practice of killing yourself in the game, over and over again. This benefits the player because the next round you’ll be matched with new players and the veterans will clean up resulting in inflated stats. The following statement was released by Sledgehammer in regards to this matter.
“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. Part of the competition that is core to our values is that players do not adversely degrade their team’s ability to compete fairly.
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.”