Dota 2 announces year-round updates and crackdown on ‘smurfs’

07:02 PM | 18 Oct, 2020
Dota 2 announces year-round updates and crackdown on ‘smurfs’

Dota 2 is going through a slump in popularity for a while now, due to which Valve has decided to ramp up its relevancy through specific changes. The famous game developer has announced through Esports Network that they are planning to spread hero updates for Dota 2 throughout the year, rather than releasing them in one big chunk. Furthermore, they are also considering to scatter their updates throughout the year instead of tying them to The International.

At the current moment, Valve is aiming to release the next batch of Dota 2 heroes in late November, with another group due in the first quarter of 2021. Moving on, to keep players coming back, they are cutting down on toxic behaviour. By improving their detection systems that will help distinguish ‘smurf’ accounts (created by high-rank players to unnaturally inflate their winning score) from the usual matchmaking pool. Due to the improved detection system, smurfs will now be ‘much more likely’ to match against other smurfs to prevent them from ruining games.

Not only this, but they have taken a similar action against booster accounts (created to help the ranking of others) and has ramped up the volume of booster bans, and has systems in place to continue banning boosters. In the past 30 days only, the company has banned over 14,000 accounts. These sets of changes are followed by a new ‘Overwatch style’ approach to restrict toxic behaviour in games.

The rest of the changes focus more on Dota plus. New treasures can be bought by subscribers using shards (what you earn through a new set of quests), and Battle Pass features like chat wheel sounds and other game breakdowns have moved to Plus. Valve has tweaked the guilds and axing guild levels in favour of a leaderboard, with positions determining your perks. Guild points will decay to give newcomers a chance to catch up. One cannot ensure that it will be enough to fend off rivals, but at most, it is an acknowledgement that this is way more than just one or two additions.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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