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Respawn explain why Apex Legends “needs” skill-based matchmaking

Published: 5/Jun/2020 13:48

by Connor Bennett

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Respawn Entertainment’s Chad Grenier has explained why Apex Legends actively “needs” skill-based matchmaking, noting that is is “healthy” for the battle royale.

Plenty of popular multiplayer titles have implemented skill-based matchmaking of some kind. Though, it isn’t always popular with fans. SBMM, as it is more commonly known, can cause players to have incredibly waiting times for matches and then end up in the wrong skill lobby – leaving them dismayed.

Plenty of Apex Legends fans have criticized the battle royale’s development team for using SBMM in their title, with someone even experimenting with different accounts to figure out how it works. Yet, the developers have now noted that skill-based matchmaking is actually needed in Apex.

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Skill-based matchmaking has been wholly popular in Apex Legends.

Speaking to VG247, Chad Grenier, Game Director at Respawn, said that Apex has had skill-based matchmaking since it launched back in February of 2019 – noting that the devs have run tests with SBMM turned off.

Grenier added that the devs have “concrete evidence that skill-based matchmaking is good for the overall health of the game” and that is why they haven’t addressed it. “It’s clearly good for the game,” he also said, noting that it keeps new players engaged with Apex. “We need skill-based matchmaking.”

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The full answer from Respawn on Apex’s SBMM.

The game director also said that Respawn feels like SBMM is “really healthy” for Apex Legends, despite what complaints and annoyances that players might have with the system.

The devs further noted that there are plenty of variables in their system for matchmaking, and even though it works well, it does have to push you into a game at times of the day where lobbies might not be completely full. 

Plenty of players, with their own different reasons, will always want to see the back of skill-based matchmaking but it doesn’t look like it’ll be going away anytime soon – if ever – in Apex.

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How to fix Apex Legends code 100 error on Xbox, PlayStation and PC

Published: 18/Jan/2021 1:20 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 1:30

by Connor Bennett

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Despite being around for a while now, the infamous code 100 error continues to cause problems in Apex Legends and we’ve got all the info you need to address it.

What is the code 100 error in Apex Legends?

The Code 100 Error has been annoying Apex Legends players since early 2020; the error relates to players being unable to ‘complete their EA Account sign in,’ which is particularly annoying for players as EA have not yet noted the issues, much less acknowledged that they have their own fix coming.

Players have come up with a temporary fix of their own, with the remedy being pretty much the same regardless of whether you play the popular title on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation. You can find the fix for each respective platform below.

Respawn Entertainment / EA GamesThe Code 100 error is stopping Apex Legends players from helping teammates as Lifeline.

How to fix Apex Legends code 100 Error on Xbox One & Series X/S

The temporary fix, which has been a success for most players, revolves around being able to change your DNS [Domain Name System] server to a public DNS service, which has its own numbered code.

To make the fix work on Xbox, go into your network settings and tweak a few things:

  1. Go to Settings – Network, Advanced Settings, DNS Settings
  2. Change DNS settings to the following:
  3. Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8
  4. Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4
  5. Save settings and return to Apex Legends

You may have to restart the game for the updated settings to make a change.

Windows CentralThe network settings for Xbox One are slightly tucked away – but you’ll be back playing Apex in no time.

How to fix Apex Legends code 100 Error on PS4 & PS5

Again, fixing the error on either PlayStation console is pretty similar to Xbox but there are a couple more steps to follow:

  1. Go to Settings » Network » Set Up Internet Connection.
  2. Select which connection you use – be it WiFi or LAN Cable
  3. Select ‘custom’ and enter the following settings:
    • IP Address Settings: Automatic
    • DHCP Host Name: Do Not Specify
    • DNS Settings: Manual
    • Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8
    • Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4
    • MTU Settings: Automatic
    • Proxy Server: Do Not Use

Save these settings and then return to your home screen.  Like on Xbox, you may have to close the Apex Legends application and start it up again for the changes to take effect.

Respawn EntertainmentThe code 100 error has been affecting Apex Legends players for a few days

How to fix Apex Legends code 100 Error on PC

The good news is that there is a fix for code 100 on PC, the bad news is that it takes a bit longer to do that on console. That said, if you follow these steps, you should be able to bypass the error.

  1. On PC, hit the Win + R keys together, opening the command box
  2. There, type in ncpa.cpl and wait for ‘Network Connections’ to appear
  3. On Network Connections, head to the internet connection you operate on and right-click it
  4. Once that right-click menu open, select properties
  5. After the properties menu opens, find Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select properties – which is towards the bottom right-hand side of the box
  6. There, select ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ and type in:
  7.  Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
  8. Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4
  9. Once done, select OK in the bottom right-hand corner. Once the box disappears, restart your PC and allow the changes to take place.

So, there you have it, that’s how you fix the Code 100 Error on old-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as PC.

Last updated January 17, 2021, at 5:30 PM EST.