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SypherPK believes Fortnite’s skill-based matchmaking “secretly” changed

by Matt Porter
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Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan has revealed that he believes Epic Games have made changes to their skill-based matchmaking system in Fortnite, claiming that he feels like it has been loosened.

Skill-based matchmaking is a hot topic in the gaming community, with fans of rival battle royale title Apex Legends upset that it’s been added to the game, while Call of Duty fans are convinced that Modern Warfare also utilizes the system.

Epic introduced their own skill-based matchmaking system at the start of Chapter 2, and with many - including Ali-A - not fans, SypherPK believes Epic Games may have listened to player complaints and adjusted it.

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Skill-based matchmaking is designed to place players of similar skill levels in a match together.

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While streaming on December 8, the 23-year-old explained that while playing throughout the day, he had noticed some differences in his lobby — specifically mentioning that he felt there were less high-skilled players in the lobby than there had been previously.

“I think they changed the matchmaking,” the streamer told his chat. “I think they definitely changed the matchmaking a little bit today, or in the recent update. They might have loosened it up a bit.”

“The skill-based matchmaking. Listen, there’s always going to be players that are questionable, not as good, but today I’ve noticed a huge increase in free kills. Like it’s less strict skill-based matchmaking. Usually solos are a little bit more sweaty, more higher skill.”

Clip starts at 1:35 for mobile users.

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Epic Games have yet to clarify if Sypher’s opinion is actually correct, and based on how things have gone in Chapter 2, it’s possible we may never know for sure.

For 10 seasons, the developers of the massively popular battle royale game would release patch notes detailing everything that was happening inside Fortnite, but have decided not to with the start of the game’s new chapter.

Sypher finds that decision to be detrimental to the game as a whole, but he may not feel the same way about skill-based matchmaking if he starts finding himself in easier lobbies thanks to an apparent change by Epic.