Solo Queue Returns To Dota 2, As Valve Clamps Down On Smurfing

21 Avril, 2017, 18:54 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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The first and most freakish has to be the requirement for all players to have a unique phone number on file, should they ever want to play Ranked matches. Well, Valve hopes it'll address one of Dota 2's bigger problems: players using multiple accounts to abuse the game's matchmaking setup. Unranked play will be unaffected by the change. In North America, data from the FCC-backed NANPA can help determine the source of any such online phone numbers, but it's unclear whether Valve will also be able to confirm global numbers in a similar way. The idea, Valve states is to create enough friction to make it annoying or hard to abuse MMR via accounts and using phone numbers does essentially limit the amount of accounts an MMR abuser has at his disposal. A two week grace period for players to link phone numbers with their Steam Accounts is now in effect.

Value is also adding a previously default feature in ranked matchmaking where solo players can select an option to be matched only against solo players queue on the same server. Players that are frequently reported or detected griefing or abandoning matches early will now be banned from ranked matchmaking entirely for anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Which is a move by Valve to combat players will multiple accounts taking part in what's commonly referred to as "smurfing". Dota 2 continues to be one of the most popular titles on Steam and now has the most number of active players. In addition to this, Valve is adding detection for and stricter punishments for intentional feeding, a growing concern in the community especially in ranked matchmaking.

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With Dota 2, however, this won't be an optional service. Botters should also now be more easily spotted, and those found guilty of using bots will face permanent bans.

"Ranked Matchmaking will no longer be available in South Africa, India, and Dubai".

Valve will most likely release another blog post about this new change to the game. "We will update these servers as the unranked populations in these regions grow to the critical mass needed to be able to support splitting the user base into Ranked and Unranked queues".

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