Fortnite will finally have skill-based matchmaking24th September 2019
Fortnite – the battle royale game which set the gaming world on fire – will finally be using skill-based matchmaking to have fairer contests.
Fortnite has been one of the most popular free-to-play games of the last two years with countless players still engaged with the phenomenon.
It has become so popular that the first-ever World Cup was hosted earlier this year.
During the ‘solo’ tournament of the World Cup, 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf took home the trophy alongside a sizeable $3 million in prize money.
Epic Games note how since Fortnite launched the matchmaking system has remained “mostly unchanged”. Though, in the last two years, the discrepancy in player skill has grown enormously.
In its ‘Arena’ mode, Epic Games have implemented a “hype-based” system to ensure that players are matched evenly across platforms.
In the latest update – v10.40 – Epic will be introducing “improved matchmaking logic” to the battle royale mode. This should help create “fairer” contests.
The improved matchmaking logic means that players will be more likely to go head-to-head with other players who have a similar skill range and as they get better, so will their opponents.
Epic Games will slowly be rolling out the update to the matchmaking system across all regions as it tests how the new system performs.
Alongside this, and in the next season, ‘bots’ will be added to the game. They will behave similarly to normal players and will aid those who are lesser-skilled with improving their overall skill level.
The bots will be added in conjunction with the new matchmaking system and so as players’ skills improve, they will face fewer bots.
Bots will not be present in competitive playlists. Epic Games detail how this is another system that it will continue to update and iterate.
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