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Jeff Kaplan responds to Overwatch players’ matchmaking patent concerns

Published: 22/Sep/2020 0:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan was forced to respond after a player did some digging into a controversial matchmaking patent.

Overwatch player PrototypeOW made waves on social media on September 21 after posting about a concerning patent he had come across that belongs to Activision-Blizzard.

The matchmaking patent is controversial because, according to PrototypeOW, it puts players who are of a lower skill level on teams with players better than they are in order to make matches “as even as possible.”

He also stated that the patent allows Blizzard to “retain small pieces of data (i.e. voice-chat use, chat use, rage-quitting) in conjunction with actual performance to put you in games with even chances.”

This all said, while there is no indication that this system is used with Overwatch, that didn’t stop a thread with Prototype’s findings to be posted on Reddit.

As players discussed the pros and cons of the system and if it was actually affecting Overwatch’s matchmaking, Jeff Kaplan stepped in to set the record straight.

“Overwatch does not use any analysis of chat (voice or text) for matchmaking,” he explained.

“Without going overly into details, Overwatch match makes [sic] on: your matchmaking rating (MMR) – this is mostly affected by win/loss, with variance applied for certain conditions, your region, your ping. Again, that’s overly simplified. But that’s basically it.”

However, the comment didn’t sit too well with Prototype who further remarked on Twitter that Kaplan had purposefully avoided mentioning “winstreaks/loss streaks/ aspects of gameplay itself influencing the quality of your matches.”

“This all but confirms my theory of there being a hidden ‘player quality’ factor,” the Grandmaster-ranked player stated.

It’s an interesting point and suggests there could be some truth to Overwatch’s matchmaker purposefully putting weaker players on teams in an effort to balance out the game.

However, at least it’s good to know that things like voice chat don’t play a role when it comes to determining how teams are assembled and matched.


Ali-A reveals unreleased Fortnite skin haunting Weeping Woods

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:45 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 11:47

by Connor Bennett


Popular Fortnite YouTuber Ali-A has shown that the previously leaked Madcap skin looks to be coming soon as a mobile glitch has revealed a strange character ‘haunting’ Weeping Woods. 

Across the different Fortnite seasons and updates, Epic Games have released a vast amount of cosmetics – with fans picking out their favorites and donning them in-game. 

Typically, these skins are leaked ahead of time as leakers are able to decrypt games files that are added to the mix with each new update and patch. Some of these skins never see the light of day, or are held back for quite a while, despite being leaked following a patch. 

One of the skins that falls into this category is the Madcap – a glowing, purple, Mushroom-themed skin. It was leaked quite a while back, and while it hasn’t been available just yet, it looks like it will be pretty soon. 

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Each new Fortnite update leaks a whole host of skins.

Popular YouTuber Ali-A pointed out that some Fortnite mobile players on Android had spotted the outline of a skin sitting around in Weeping Woods. 

The character that seems to be ‘haunting’ the POI, is stood under a tree with their arms crossed. However, it’s not colorful. Instead, it’s a blacked-out silhouette – almost as if it’s going to be added soon, but is showing up as a visual glitch in-game. 

Ali-A noted that the character is most definitely Madcap because of the shape of the head, and given that he’s hanging around Weeping Woods, there might be a challenge or quest line involved with unlocking the skin.

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Even though the YouTuber’s speculation seems pretty spot on, there’s no telling if he’s right just yet because Epic Games hasn’t announced anything. 

It could very well be that, as Fortnitemares unfolds, the skin will finally be available through the item shop and there are also challenges in Weeping Woods to unlock skin styles. Though, we’ll just have to wait and see.