Blizzard's definition of Boosting?

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Not sure if this has been answered yet but I know a lot of people are asking this. But what exactly is Blizzards definition of Boosting?

A lot of people have been a bit worried about getting perma banned because they play with their friends within a 1k skill rating gap (Or 500 for Masters+), but that sounds silly and probably isn't bannable.

It's just a very vague thing to say that we're going to heavily punish Throwers and Boosters where we don't really even know what Boosting means in this context.
Boosting: let's say you + some friend go to comp and play games. You are lower skill player(let's say gold for example), he is higher skill player(Grand master, but he plays with his smurf account, so he could play with you) and since you duo with him, in low ranks he is carrying you and your team hard and gets you wins, thus your rank increases. And you keep playing with him, he keeps dragging you up the ranks and you reach diamond, but you are not worthy diamond, since you didn't get there because you are that good, you just got there because your friend dragged you there and when you try to play against those diamonds, you are outskilled and an extra weight to team, because it's too hard for you, since you don't belong in that rank. And your friend that carried you to that rank is guilty of that, since you went up the ranks, not that you were better, but because your friend was better and he got you that high.
06/18/2017 12:44 AMPosted by Detonation
Boosting: let's say you + some friend go to comp and play games. You are lower skill player(let's say gold for example), he is higher skill player(Grand master, but he plays with his smurf account, so he could play with you) and since you duo with him, in low ranks he is carrying you and your team hard and gets you wins, thus your rank increases. And you keep playing with him, he keeps dragging you up the ranks and you reach diamond, but you are not worthy diamond, since you didn't get there because you are that good, you just got there because your friend dragged you there and when you try to play against those diamonds, you are outskilled and an extra weight to team, because it's too hard for you, since you don't belong in that rank. And your friend that carried you to that rank is guilty of that, since you went up the ranks, not that you were better, but because your friend was better and he got you that high.


Thank you for your reply but I do know what Boosting is. I'm just asking for clarity as it is a very vague subject.
Getting boosted is stupid. Why would you want someone to carry you to a rank where you can't play well???
Intentionally lowering your rank to play with friends at lower ranks and easily boost them up to higher ranks by playing newbs/lower ranked players.
In another post, "What's Blizzard's opinion on smurfs?", Jeff Kaplan posted:
06/14/2017 09:24 AMPosted by Jeff Kaplan
Having a second account you play on is fine. New accounts very rapidly adjust to play at the proper skill level.

Doing anything to manipulate your internal MMR or Skill Rating (i.e. Boosting or Throwing) is not fine.

Penalties for boosting and throwing are about to increase dramatically. Please report the behavior (reporting is being worked on for Console but is not ready yet).
if that helps at all, you're welcome.
EDIT: Also found a Heavy article about it too.
Heavy:
Competitive Overwatch Boosting boils down to players paying a website to help boost their rank in the Competitive Mode. How this works is a user will be charged a fee based on how many ranks they wish to obtain and a player will log into their account and complete the matches for them. Essentially users are allowing another player to log into their account, play in the Ranked game mode, and boost their leaderboard standings so they can obtain end of season rewards.

Several websites have already started appearing, offering their services in exchange for a hefty price tag that can reach hundreds of dollars. Not to mention there are severe security risks when it comes to just offering an unknown player access to your account. Not only could they just charge your account with purchases you never intended to make, but delete it entirely.

This practice is not limited to just PC players either, as both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are offered by a variety of these boosting sites. Some also offer the service of just playing with professional players instead, letting them carry you up through the ranks. Though given how important all six members of a team are, having one that’s not nearly on the same skill level might take far longer.

While this is not the first time boosting has made its way into a Blizzard game, the massive success of Overwatch may cause developer Blizzard to take immediate action. This is especially true since Overwatch‘s eSports scene has been exploding and the boosted ranks could offset the leaderboard standings for other players.

It's certainly not Blizzard's definition, but it's just about what they would say.
It is when ppl throw on purpose just to get in lower ranks and then group up with the person who needs boosting.

Honestly, if they just give us separate solo q, less ppl woudl care about boosting.
The solo players won't have to deal with this shiz and the booster and his friend will be matched with the same kind of ppl or at least vs pre made that are capable enough to oppose them.
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09/14/2017 01:52 PMPosted by Renji
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well said
should make a FFA league placement :)

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