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Apex Legends bug is trapping players in endless loop of Wraith’s portals

Published: 18/May/2019 20:04 Updated: 18/May/2019 20:17

by Alan Bernal


There have been major bugs in Apex Legends that have been causing players tons of headaches, but an emerging problem with Wraith’s portals are really throwing players in a loop.

Respawn Entertainment released their battle royale on February 4, and has since garnered a massive following for its different approach to the genre. But with long time in between updates, players have been experiencing a swarm of bugs throughout King’s Canyon.


One of the latest entries of glitches found in the game comes in the form of an infinite loop that Reddit user ‘cubsfan219’ found themself in after using a Wraith’s Dimensional Rift while outside of the zone.

Respawn EntertainmentInterdimensional Rifts definitely help getting out of a tricky situation, but sometimes they can cause players tons of frustration.

In the nauseating clip, cubsfan219 can be seen being thrown back and forth from one end of the Wraith ultimate to the other, seemingly without a way to end the cycle.


The user said that “a wraith sent me to purgatory. I was stuck like this for 5 min with no possible way to get out,” baffling other players who saw the strange bug.

Apparently it was no exaggeration about the portal glitch’s duration seeing as the Interdimensional Rift “didn’t time out like normal.” It was so bad that cubsfan219 eventually just left the game since there was nothing for them to do.

A wraith sent me to purgatory. I was stuck like this for 5 min with no possible way to get out from r/apexlegends

It doesn’t seem like the cause for the glitch is known, but some had their suspicions as to why the portals didn’t just disappear like normal.


“I’m going to assume the portals have a leeway timer on them if someone is actively using them,” Reddit user ‘Narc26’ said. “You probably would have been suck for the rest of the game.”

Wraith’s Portals have seen a lot of bugs

There have been numerous instances of strange errors concurring with the Interdimensional Skirmisher’s ultimate ability that have both helped and hindered players in the past.

Of course there is the famous infinite portal glitch that let Wraith players set up a startling amount of portals in quick succession.

Respawn EntertainmentWraith’s portals add a dynamic layer to the game, but it doesn’t always end up well.

Similarly, some players have been able to use the Wraith portal for insane tactics that could really throw off opponents in the battle royale.

Portals in Apex Legends have been used in a number of great ways, so hopefully Respawn can find a way to rid the game of the endless loop bug.

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Apex Legends SBMM controversy: Is EA rigging your matches?

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:06

by Calum Patterson


In the midst of Season 6 in Apex Legends, the controversy about SBMM (skill-based matchmaking) has reared its head again. A 2017 paper from EA researches appears to show a nefarious matchmaking algorithm, leaving players both concerned and angry.

But, before you grab your pitchforks, there are a few key facts that have been lost among the debate on social media.


In an attempt to better explain what we know about matchmaking in Apex, the research from EA, and what it all actually means for you – the player – here is everything you need to know.

First, though, if you don’t know what SBMM even is, here is a quick recap.


What is SBMM?

Skill-based matchmaking is the name for the predominant system used (or allegedly used) in the majority of online, PvP, multiplayer games. Respawn, the developers of Apex Legends, have confirmed that their system uses skill level as a factor in matchmaking.

They’ve said that this system has always been there, will stay, and that they are constantly trying to improve it. The say SBMM is better for the long-term health of the game, and for keeping players playing and having fun.

However, this 2017 paper, written by a handful of researchers from EA, appears to argue the opposite; that fairer matches are not actually best for ‘engagement’ (i.e. keeping you playing or spending). Instead, another system called EOMM is apparently better. So, is SBMM not actually a thing at all?

SBMM in Apex Legends
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SBMM has been a hot topic in Apex for ever since launch.

Is Apex Legends rigging you to lose?

The short answer: No.

Respawn’s Principal Coder Michael Kalas has confirmed that Apex Legends does not use EOMM, and said “no one working on Apex matchmaking has read the patent.”

“Apex matchmaking is designed off skill. It’s not literally designed to make you lose, spend, nor play longer,” Kalas confirms. “Apex features are designed and measured to result in fun, entertainment, accomplishment, playing longer, etc.”


Some players, even professional players, have said based on their own feeling and experience, that there is some kind of system working against them in matchmaking.

Perhaps players are right to feel this way, perhaps not. We will probably never know for certain, as publishers like EA and Activision will never reveal the inner-workings of their matchmaking algorithms. This is because, once known, players could deliberately attempt to game the system. 


What is the EA research paper?

First, remember that this 2017 research paper is not linked to Apex Legends. After all, Apex was released two years after this paper was published.

It is simply a study, testing if such a system is successful at increasing player retention, and in turn, spending. This system is not SBMM. In fact, it argues that SBMM is actually worse for increasing player retention.

The system is called EOMM = engagement optimized matchmaking. Rather than matching players randomly, or based on their skill level, it combines a number of different factors, to try to increase ‘engagement.’

The paper concludes that “EOMM significantly outperforms all other methods in the number of retained players.”

What is EOMM?

Engagement Optimized matchmaking (EOMM) “aims to match players in an optimal way that maximizes overall player engagement.”

Based on a player’s last 3 outcomes (W)in, (L)ose, or (D)raw, the risk of them quitting changes. The paper presents this table, showing that three losses in a row, or two wins and a loss, will result in the highest risk of quitting (4.9% – 5.1%).

However, if a player has DLW, LLW, LDW, or DDD, their risk of quitting is almost half (2.6% – 2.7%).

A simplistic appraisal of this system then, would be, if you get a win, you might get a harder opponent the next match. If you lose, you get an easier opponent. Keeping the balance of wins, losses, and draws, is core to the EOMM system.

The fear is that the game could be “rigging” your matchmaking, to make you win or lose in a certain pattern. The goal of this system is to increase player engagement; things “such as time or money spent in the game, the number of matches played within a time window, or churn risk.”

But, the research paper was based on 1v1 matches, which might apply to a game like FIFA, but not Apex Legends. However, it concludes that EOMM could easily be applied to other, more complex matchmaking.

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Games like FIFA could use EOMM, because it’s based on 1v1 matches.

Of course, EA and Respawn want players to be engaged with their game. They want players playing, staying to play more, and hopefully, spending money. So, it stands to reason that they would employ some matchmaking algorithms to optimize this.

But, this study was based on 500 players. Not the tens of millions who play Apex Legends. In the real world, there are countless other factors to consider, including ping, server location, partying up with friends, and much more.

What about SBMM?

The paper on EOMM argues that SBMM doesn’t work because of one key reason:

“Consider a cautious player who cares about protecting his rank among friends, and a risk taker who enjoys difficult matches. Pairing them with similarly skilled opponents will affect these players very differently. Even for the same player, their expectation on the coming match when they just lost three games in a row can be very different from that when they recently performed well.”

In their testing, EOMM retained 0.7% more players compared to SBMM, after one round of matchmaking. This might not seem like much, but over more matches, this number will increase: “For players who play 20 rounds of matchmaking games within eight hours, there will be 15% more players retained by EOMM” than SBMM.

But, the dislike of any system that is not purely random and based totally on connection, cannot be denied. It became a massive issue during Call of Duty’s Black Ops Cold War Alpha recently, where even pro player Scump pleaded with developers to make changes.

We can only hope that the developers take into consideration players’ concerns, and promote having fun in the game, and not just “engagement.”