Ranked DOTA 2 Requires a Phone Number to Play From May, No Longer Available in SA and India

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 4:45 PM
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In a major case of sticking two fingers up to legitimate users, Valve is making major changes to DOTA 2. From May 4th, all players hoping to play in Ranked will have to register a unique phone number with their account. It’s being rolled into a matchmaking update which is designed to prevent cheaters and banned players from creating limitless additional accounts.

The specific aim here is to make creating a DOTA 2 account more of a hassle, in turn putting off some of the more disruptive players who may be tempted to set up multiple accounts in order to cheat and harass other players.

If you want to continue playing Ranked matches of DOTA 2 you now have up until May 4th to add a unique phone number to your equip. If you fail to do so, you will be locked out from queueing for Ranked matches. Phone numbers can be changed, however if you remove a phone number you won’t be able to re-use that original number for another three months. This is to prevent using the same phone number with multiple DOTA 2 accounts.

“Players using multiple accounts create a negative matchmaking experience at all skill brackets, so our goal is to add just enough friction to this process that the number of players doing this will be noticeably reduced,” explains Valve. “Having more players using their primary accounts will have a positive effect on both Ranked and Unranked Matchmaking.”

I can see this is a change that is going to rile plenty of DOTA 2 players. Obtaining sensitive information like your personal phone number seems like a totally unnecessary step in order to just play a game.

The news only gets worse from here as well. Sorry to all GD’ers from South Africa, India and Dubai, but Valve is totally removing any form of local. Ranked Matchmaking from these territories. Valve claims there aren’t enough Ranked players to justify Ranked servers in these territories. If you live in South Africa, India and Dubai, you’ll have to matchmake in another ‘nearby’ server. Good luck with your ping.

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21:21 Apr-22-2017

and then you go out and buy new number for 2$ at least in my country.

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12:13 Apr-22-2017

does not matter don't play dota 2 anymore lol!!!

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09:37 Apr-22-2017

I have steam installed on my phone so it automatically parsed it. I don't really see the problem. You think that valve is only now obtaining sensitive information? You think you have some privacy?
Besides, I like the update, too many smurfs and other sh**bags on 5k MMR

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18:14 Apr-21-2017

I tried to find ranked match in Dubai server man it's frustrating u can wait more than 10 minutes with no results no ones miss it really!!!


Only cheat i saw was bot matches where there's 1 player and 9 bots.

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18:09 Apr-21-2017

theyre removing rank in SA and india because players abused it by creating multiple accounts and letting the other accounts lose on purpose.

rank rating in dota 2 is pretty serious and cheating that way to rank up is possible.

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18:11 Apr-21-2017

IMO i really like this update as someone who plays a lot of rank games
it removes low lvl accounts that somehow have an exceptionally high rank rating.. but when you get to play them, they're horrible and makes you helplessly lose the game

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17:42 Apr-21-2017

I didn't know you could cheat in Dota.

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06:42 Apr-22-2017

You can't unless you load some low population ranked server like india, dubai and SA and select some very weird language preferences such as russian in india. You can have some programmed bots que for the same preferences. Therefore you...

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06:43 Apr-22-2017

get a match with your bots. Then you get a first blood on one of your bots and make them abandon. Voila you get some mmr

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17:38 Apr-21-2017

I feel like this is a blessing in disguise for my weak ass mmr.

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16:54 Apr-21-2017

And here I was planning to start Ranked on Indian server. Looks like SEA will have to work but my ISP sometimes route to SEA server very badly and ping jump to 300+ from 80-90 in an instant for a few hours. And I cannot afford WTFast.

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