Valve adjusts matchmaking in Team Fortress 2 following player complaints

The developer has already rolled out one patch to fix issues, and will issue others over the coming days.


Lots of players met their match in Team Fortress 2's new "Meet Your Match" update, and some of them were none too pleased about it.

The launch for Meet Your Match, which added competitive and casual modes as well as matchmaking functionality to Valve's team-based shooter, went less than smoothly. There were long queues to get into Casual play, and bizarre design decisions like punishing players for quitting early seemed antithetical to what a mode branded as "casual" should be all about.

Team Fortress 2 developers published a blog post addressing some complaints, and outlined a plan of action for addressing them. "Later today, we will be shipping a patch to Casual Mode that will remove the penalties for abandoning a game, and allow you to narrow your game mode selections from two modes to a single mode before queuing. Additionally, in the very near future, we will be shipping a more comprehensive Casual Mode patch that will let you select the maps you will be matched into."

Other qualms mitigated by the match wil include queue times, the option to choose maps—a choice held back because Valve didn't want to overwhelm casual players with decisions—and "Levels" that show how often you've played Casual mode.

"Finally, we wanted to note that we value the role the community plays in the development of this game, and do in fact read all the feedback sent to us, as well as through reddit, the forums, streams, and more," the blog concluded. We are not always as talkative as we perhaps should be, but we are listening."

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