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Fortnite Battle Royale • Nov 09, 2019

Ali-A explains how skill-based matchmaking is "killing" Fortnite

Ali-A explains how skill-based matchmaking is "killing" Fortnite
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YouTuber Alastair ‘Ali-A’ Aiken explained why he thinks Fortnite is being "killed" by the implementation of skill-based matchmaking.

Near the end of Season 10, Fortnite introduced skill-based matchmaking into the mix and it has proven to be rather divisive among players.

The idea was to prevent pub stomps from the skilled players, as the newer players pretty much had no way of winning considering they don't know how to build or hold their own with the pros.

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Fortnite's skill based matchmaking is rubbing some people the wrong way

Instead, the new players are matched up with each other so everyone has an equal chance of winning, while the good players will presumably be going again each other.

However, Ali-A thinks that the system inherently has its issues, and spoke up about them while explaining how it's killing the game.

"Skill Based Matchmaking is the worst addition ever to Fortnite and it's killing the game," he began. "It's a system that puts you with similarly skilled players in an effort to see you improve. Then when you do improve, you only go up against other players that are better."

He explains that every game will turn into a sweat-fest with everyone trying their hardest. It's a common complaint as it has essentially removed the casual aspect of Fortnite.

"It's a never-ending cycling of playing sweaty games of Fortnite and I'm not a fan."

He does make a fair point, especially for full-time content creators who make a living playing Fortnite all day. If they ever want to have a relaxing day on the stream, it becomes difficult since they will have to tryhard at nearly every moment.

Obviously, the new players are benefiting from this, but as he says, as they improve, they will continue to go against similarly skilled players, so it'll always be a challenge.

Many players think this is what Arena mode is for and the regular lobbies should be kept casual.

Of course, Epic decided to go in a different direction and this is how things are for the time being.

At least bots are being sprinkled into matches now so not every encounter will be over-the-top difficult.

Epic said they will keep on fine-tuning the system so feedback like this from Ali-A is critical to that if they want to perfect the formula.

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