The implementation of skill-based matchmaking has been met with a mixed reception in Fortnite so far, with FaZe Clan member Nicholas ‘Thiefs’ Smorto saying it’s actively ruining the game.
Fortnite has a rapidly growing competitive scene thanks to the large prize pools and constant tournaments, but something those players want a chance to relax in normal lobbies without the need to try so hard.
The ability to do that has been taken away thanks to skill-based matchmaking that will put you into matches with players of similar skill. This means if you’re a good Fortnite player, you’ll be put into matches with good Fortnite players, taking away the chance of delivering some good old fashioned pub stomps.
Thiefs thinks the new matchmaking system is ruining Fortnite by making it less fun to play casually now.
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“@FortniteGame You guys are ruining your own game,” he tweeted. “Skill based matchmaking is not fun and not good or healthy for the game. People just wanna play pubs and it’s not fun to even just play casually anymore..”
For what it’s worth, he does have a point there as good players playing casually is almost out of the question now. On the other hand, casual players can still remain casual as they’ll be getting matched up with each other.
One could argue this was Epic’s reasoning for skill-based matchmaking in the first place and it’s working as intended.
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For players looking to avoid long queue times in Arena, it’s disappointing but for the hordes of players who just play a couple of hours a week, it’s arguable this has created a much better playing experience.
Epic could still have some tweaks up their sleeves for the system going forward and we will be seeing those in Season 11 if they do.
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