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What is Boosting? The Twisted Motivations Behind Cheating the Elo Ladder

by Christian Pearson, Miles Hackett, Daniel Rosen, Josh Bury 9d ago

There are a few types of people who play competitive games online.

You’ve got your everyday, run-of-the-mill, law-abiding citizens. You’ve got your smurfs.

And you’ve got the boosted animals.

Boosting isn’t a new phenomenon, it’s actually been happening since the earliest days of gaming, but in recent years it’s taken on a different meaning.

It’s not just about solo queue mercenaries elevating low-Elo plebs – it’s about the insecurities created by match-making systems that push people down that dark and pitiful path.

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