Up For Debate - Is Fair Matchmaking Important to You?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Oct 22, 2017 4:00 PM

Activision’s recent patent for using matchmaking systems to drive microtransaction sales raised an interesting side-discussion - the importance of great matchmaking. From the sound of Activision’s patent, its happen to let quality game balancing fall down the crapper in exchange for a more effective method of selling you premium guns.

I’m sure most of us can agree, from a competitive point of view, matchmaking is sacrosanct. If you want a game to be taken seriously, you don’t mess around with game balance in an effort to shift microtransactions. The generally accepted functions of matchmaking are to provide an evenly balanced match between two competitive teams, preferably with the lowest latency possible. Matching a bad player with a veteran for the sake of a cheap sale throws this right out of whack. Ultimately though, does it even matter?

Felix isn’t so sure. I was chatting to him and he can see merit in moving away from traditional matchmaking. His argument is that it can be fun to go up against a terrible team or play, absolutely steamrolling them in the process.

That’s one way of thinking, but if there’s a surefire way to make an online game get old, real fast, it’s in providing the player with a stream of matches that are too easy or too hard. No one wants to face the crushing disappointment of defeat, time and again. Nor, surely, do they want to feel like they’re turning up to a pre-school for a kickabout and thumping in shots repeatedly off a toddler’s face. Or maybe you do, I’m certainly interested to find out.

I do just think there’s a sanctity to matchmaking that breeds long-term player. The closer I am to a 1.0 win rate in any game, the better the job the matchmaking is doing. Winning 50% of my matches seems like a fair deal, as well as consistently placing me against players that will help me gradually improve my play, rather than constantly batter me into submission.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to every game. For the most part I love the balanced games Rocket League and Siege can provide me, but I’m really not too fussed what goes on behind the scenes during a Conquest map on Battlefield 1. The individual impact of one player can be comparatively small in this scenario, so it doesn’t horrendously upset the balance to throw in a first-timer with a squad of crack shots.

So, the big question, how important are quality matchmaking services to you? Do you prefer to just go on endless win streaks? Or are you after the challenge that can only come from facing similarly skilled enemies? Let us know your thoughts!

How important is matchmaking for you?

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
1
Offline
02:11 Oct-26-2017

Is water wet?

2
Rep
133
Offline
admin approved badge
10:10 Oct-23-2017

sorry but that is the stupidest question I've heard in a while.

3
Rep
49
Offline
admin approved badge
09:34 Oct-23-2017

It's very important but unfortunately it hardly ever works the right way, especially with people abusing the system. As Jon stated in Rocket League and Siege it can sometimes be VERY off. Rocket League a gold 1 and gold 3 will go up against a plat 2 and copper 2 i mean come on that's 2 division difference. In Siege its diamonds playing with bronze to go up against golds and silvers its a load of garbage.

0
Rep
15
Offline
08:05 Oct-23-2017

I don't play that many multiplayer games anymore, but fairness is something that I will always support.

0
Rep
55
Offline
07:18 Oct-23-2017

I don't get it - this system was already played out by so many free MMOs for the past -8 years and no matter how good the game was, this in-balance ruined the game and it never lasted long - I mean, if anything, at least you could say "well, its a free game, it can't be perfect".
I can't think of what the excuse could be now though...

0
Rep
104
Offline
admin approved badge
05:32 Oct-23-2017

I got sick of baby sitting a bunch of douche bags calling me a thrower for playing Genji and then throwing the match so they can flame me in chat while I go on and pick up three gold medals with a 40-5 k\d just so I can lose the match SR. So yeah, I'd say good matchmaking is extremely important.

0
Rep
34
Offline
00:42 Oct-23-2017

Given the choice between matchmaking and a server browser, I'll pick the server browser every time. Otherwise, yes, fair matchmaking is important. Activision's idea to rig matchmaking in the favor of people who pay more is scummy as hell.

2
Rep
1
Offline
23:27 Oct-22-2017

Absolutely. Recently bought Battlefield 1 and the games where you're losing or winning by miles are just boring. The ones where each team is within 20 points of each other at the end are so much more exciting

0
Rep
29
Offline
23:04 Oct-22-2017

Reminds me of old mm in wot. Tier 5s vs tier 10s now that was the good old days where you try to see how long you van survive.

0
Rep
10
Offline
22:31 Oct-22-2017

if a game is unbalanced its not even fun. of corse its very important

3
Rep
-23
Offline
22:27 Oct-22-2017

Why is this even a question?

1
Rep
8
Offline
18:58 Oct-22-2017

All i just want is normal team mates on dota 2 without flame from picks and just to have fun.

1
Rep
3
Offline
21:13 Oct-22-2017

the thing is that if it's normal game then it's fine anyone can pick whatever they want and have fun but for ranked games i think there should be at least fixed rolles just having equal MMR isn't enough

1
Rep
10
Offline
22:32 Oct-22-2017

you noob. report now. jajajajajajaja

0
Rep
13
Offline
17:02 Oct-22-2017

Yes. I don't want to feel like Luigi Cadorna when playing games and get defeated 11 times in a row because of ****ty matchmaking and superior opponents.

1
Rep
31
Offline
16:24 Oct-22-2017

It's not acceptable even in casual mode for me. Imagine if Activision come out and say "No worries! matchmaking gonna be fair in competitive mode!". Then casual mode gonna ended up useless teaching new players to play in competitive levels.

7
Rep
-10
Offline
15:53 Oct-22-2017

Nah... i just love to be ass humped by a bunch of top lvl players with 5 x prestige rank and top gear that costs like 300 pounds.

3
Rep
3
Offline
21:16 Oct-22-2017

those gear costs are rookie numbers u need to pump them up! :D

3
Rep
0
Offline
15:24 Oct-22-2017

If the game has a competitive nature and skill rating like csgo then yes, otherwise I would prefer random.

0
Rep
4
Offline
15:23 Oct-22-2017

u ****ing kidding me right ?

3
Rep
1
Offline
15:08 Oct-22-2017

It's sad that this is an actual topic because of Activision :/

2
Rep
41
Offline
15:01 Oct-22-2017

It feels better when you have sort of a "rivalry" with an enemy then when you dominate somebody weaker or getting dominated. Going back and forth in matches is always fun.

0
Rep
386
Offline
admin approved badge
14:54 Oct-22-2017

Yes I hate being against much weaker players than me as it feels worse than bots.


Though to me it's more important for the game to function properly and NOT to have cheaters... I felt like saying that, because you are using R6:Siege picture as a header and that game is broken as balls.

2

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Zotac Gaming 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, 720p
Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-6400 2.7GHz GeForce GTX 1050 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
FX-6300 GeForce GTX 760 24GB
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Athlon II X4 640 Radeon RX 470 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHz GeForce GTX 960M 2GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Pentium G2030 3.0GHz Radeon HD 4650 1GB 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-6402P 2.8GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming X 4GB 16GB
Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
Core i3-10105 4-Core 3.7GHz UHD Graphics 630 4GB
Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Zotac Mini 4GB 8GB