>>Gamers who follow gaming news might have heard about this already because of patents, but Activisi…

>>Gamers who follow gaming news might have heard about this already because of patents, but Activision does indeed have a fully functional matchmaking algorithm for Call of Duty which matches players against each other based on a combination skill, purchased microtransactions and preferred weapon used in-game. What I mean with that is for example if a skilled player purchases a $20 skin for a sniper rifle, the matchmaking system will match them against a lesser skilled player who also likes to use that particular sniper rifle but isn’t good with it. The goal of the system is to give the lesser skilled player the false impression that the skilled player is doing better than them due to them having purchased the skin, hopefully resulting in the lesser skilled player also purchasing that same skin. I know for a fact that this system has been tested in the final release of a game and that it indeed resulted in a significant increase of microtransaction sales during the test. I don’t know if the system is currently active as I’m no longer at the company.

How does Ganker feel about manipulative matchmaking and EOMM in games like Warzone, Apex and other BRs.

60 thoughts on “>>Gamers who follow gaming news might have heard about this already because of patents, but Activisi…”

  1. >based EU makes a new vidya law in 2022
    >all games with mts must now give players the option to opt out of mts when installing
    >if a player chooses to opt out no mts related filed must be downloaded or shown in game
    >just the vanilla game as the devs intended

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  2. I mean I’ve read most stuff that covers the skill-based algorithm but wow, that weapon/skin mechanic is just pure garden gnome

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  3. Compulsive cosmetic paypigs deserve to be taken advantage of and exploited. The problem is when they start to sell them actual advantages in game, like damage boosters and exclusively paid weapons that are objectively better

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  4. it can be frustrating playing SBMM when you’re off your game, just warming up, having a bad day of it, or when your internet is shitting itself.

    BUT it does make you sharp as fuck and ultra competitve.

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    • Hardly. If the game is going to match me up with people who play as sweaty as I do, I have every incentive to fuck around, or else I’ll never be able to afford to again unless I make a new account.

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  5. activison is shit and so is COD but I actually enjoyed MW before the file size got stupid big and I had to delete it. I especially liked using the Scar-H and FAL (ironsights only because I’m not a wimp)

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  6. >buying skins on that shit game
    Lmfao, they can conversate with my Unlockall tool that comes bundled with ESP and aimbot.
    i love cheating on this shit game and pissing off the dumbass e-sports wannabe scrotes.

    They simply cant comprehend how they’re getting raped by someone using non meta weapons and shotguns, you can hear them fuming over VC, lmfao.

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  7. >giving all you got to defeat a person of equal skill as yours: "no fun here…muhh fun… where is the fun?!"

    >stomping noobs making their gameplay experience miserable: "so fun yay!"

    I guess you all need to dilate

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  8. no wonder they fucking suck at the game, they spend more time looking at other player’s skins rather than actually playing2VJAP

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  9. >be good player
    >have fun playing with shitters and casuals because they aren’t autistic and have a good time
    >game forces you to play with autists who take shit too seriously just because you play first person shooters a lot.
    DROPPED

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  10. >The goal of the system is to give the lesser skilled player the false impression that the skilled player is doing better than them due to them having purchased the skin
    How the fuck is that supposed to work? Is the playerbase made up of actual, literal, medically-certified retards or something? Because I really can’t see how that would work on anyone with even just two braincells to rub together.

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    • It’s not probably a conscious thing; and I think "they’ll want the skin because it makes them think they’ll do better" is an oversimplification. The end result is, of course, trying to make them want the skin, but will they really get it because they think the gun will work better?

      I think what’s more likely is the following: Skinned player buys their cosmetics and is matched with a lower skill unskinned player. They get a dopamine hit because the weapon they bought the skin for is performing better against an "equal" using the same weapon, when in fact the matchmaking contrived the outcome. On the other hand, the unskinned player is mislead to believe they’re performing worse against an equally skilled opponent, who has bought a skin so they clearly use the weapon regularly and are good with it. As a result, they’ll continue to practice with the weapon, become invested in its use and then buy a skin for it, upon which time the cycle repeats.

      The net result: You’re conditioned to buy skins and practice with the weapon you like because as long as you do so the matchmaking will give you preferential treatment and make you feel like a better player.

      Now the feasibility of implementing such a kind of matchmaking is somewhat questionable, but you can see where if it is implemented it could drive significant revenue.

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      • You’ll notice this entire cycle is contrived on "skill based matchmaking" having the goal of matching you against opponents of the same skill level. Matchmaking gives you a lot of control over players in a game and if used unscrupulously you could see significant abuses to the same tune.

        Imagine in FIFA or another sports game contrived losing streaks to make you feel you needed to gamble for better players? Or intentionally matched players with a season pass or expansion with new weapons and mechanics against F2P players, or players without the expansion to make them feel they need to buy the new installment to compete? You don’t really need to invent much to make these scenarios a reality, you just have to lie to the playerbase enough and obfuscate your abuses enough that neither the players, the public nor regulators will catch on.

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        • >Imagine in FIFA or another sports game contrived losing streaks to make you feel you needed to gamble for better players?
          I can’t believe how much money people waste on ultimate team. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do this one day.

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    • >Is the playerbase made up of actual, literal, medically-certified retards or something?
      This is the COD playerbase we’re talking about here. Half of them haven’t graduated high school yet and the other half is adults who willingly buy Call of Duty: Current Year Edition every year. Given their demographic, I’d expect this system to be a roaring success.

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  11. So you’re saying all the n00bs I pwn while rocking the default mil-sim character and no skins/camos are supposedly higher skill than me? Nice

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  12. I think there are probably a lot of stronger reasons beyond "it makes them think the skin helps them." For example if it matches you against shitters while you have the skin (and it matches you against shitters who have been using the unskinned version) it may give the impression to someone that the gun itself that they picked is so good that they can get a skin for it "knowing" that they’ll get to show off with it and it "won’t be a waste" later on

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  13. It’s predatory and the reason why I stopped playing WoT. An otherwise fun game ruined by the gruelling grind and obviously fixed matches.

    It was so in your face that it was impossible to ignore if you had an IQ above 80.

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  14. >if a skilled player purchases a $20 skin for a sniper rifle, the matchmaking system will match them against a lesser skilled player who also likes to use that particular sniper rifle but isn’t good with it. The goal of the system is to give the lesser skilled player the false impression that the skilled player is doing better than them due to them having purchased the skin, hopefully resulting in the lesser skilled player also purchasing that same skin.
    That doesn’t make sense
    >skilled player with skin is matched up against shitter with same skin
    >goal is to give the impression the skin is what causes the skill difference so the shitter buys the skin
    Literally doesn’t make sense

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  15. >How does Ganker feel about..
    who gives a shit what this cesspool feels about

    whoever falls for this system is a retard and deserves it

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