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Valve address long matchmaking times in Dota 2 after new patch

Published: 11/Oct/2019 22:38 Updated: 12/Oct/2019 2:29

by Eli Becht

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Dota 2 patch dropped on October 10 that introduced improvements to the matchmaking system, but players have been experiencing long queue times since the update.

Getting proper matchmaking implemented in games, particularly MOBAs, is very important and Valve have been working towards getting it right.

The most recent patch to hit the game continued to make improvements to the system, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, as evidenced by the long queue times.

ValveDota 2 matchmaking has been tough since the October 10 update.

Things have gotten so bad with the queues that Valve had to release a statement to let players know they are looking into it. 

They explained they might roll back some of the quality settings for this weekend as they work to figure out what is causing the long wait times.

“We are aware of matchmaking queue times taking a very long time and are working on improving it,” Valve tweeted. “We may need to slightly relax a few of the new quality settings for the weekend and then we’ll continue tightening things on Monday.”

It’s never good to see a team run into snags like this, especially when it comes to something as important as matchmaking, but the developers felt like having players get into games was more important in the meantime.

These matchmaking changes were originally implemented for a variety of reasons, including the abuse found in party games at the high ranks.

The fix took anyone who was ranked “Immortal” and treated everyone in their party and identified them as the same rank, which means the lower-ranked players would have a difficult time against stronger opponents.

Another big change was 5-person parties would only be matched against fellow stacks of five, which was supposed to help level the playing field.

It’s always hard for a group of randoms to take on a full group in Discord with precise communication, so it’s a welcome change.

Valve’s statement made it sound like some of the stricter parts of it’s new matchmaking rules would be rolled back for the weekend while fixes were made. So don’t be surprised if you end up with someone out of your league in your games this weekend.

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DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney

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There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.

25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
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Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.