Valve Updates Matchmaking in CS:GO: Trust Factor
Posted 18th November 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff    524 Views
Valve rolled out an update looking to improve CS:GO matchmaking and ensuring a good player experience and matches altogether. This update also included the end of Operation Hydra in which we will see the most popular modes from the event to stay in the game allowing access anytime.
After releasing Prime Matchmaking in April 2016, Valve released a new algorithm that matches 10 players in a single game called Trust Factor–ending the former as the matchmaking system as most CS:GO players found fault in the algorithm. Prime revolved around the approach of requiring players to verify their phone numbers on their respective Steam accounts. Although, the Lieutenant Rank 21 eligibility caught disinterest for new players as it was too high of a requirement. Now, in lieu of completely ending Prime Matchmaking, Valve added the Trust Factor method for players mostly in the casual mode to have better games without toxic players and all in all, a good match.
Trust In The System
Trust Factor started as an experiment by coordinating players’ behavior and statistics on their Steam accounts. Then, added to the formula was overall playing time, account reports for violations and factoring in other games played on Steam. Valve initiated this ‘trust system’ along with the mentioned factors to form a player’s Trust Factor. Apparently, players have experienced better games, according to Valve.
“The results of the experiment have been positive. In matches created using Trust Factor, most players ended up generating fewer reports regardless of their Prime status.” Valve said in the patch notes.
Players will not be able to see their own Trust Factor score as this avoids worrying about ‘optimizing’ anything. Valve reiterates that players knowing their own Trust score will not be helpful as this is constantly updated. All in all, players looking to have the best CS:GO games should remain positive in games and around the community. Also, avoid cheating and using ‘smurf’ accounts. If players follow these, the matchmaking system can easily pair users with better and less toxic players.