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Valve is attempting to remove “smurfing” from Solo Queue in Dota 2 by requiring all players to register a phone number too queue for Ranked matches.

For those who are unaware, smurfing is when a high level player creates a new account to play with lower skill players, which throws off the balance of the game.

“Players using multiple accounts create a negative matchmaking experience at all skill brackets, so our goal is to add just enough friction to this process that the number of players doing this will be noticeably reduced,” the developer explains. “Having more players using their primary accounts will have a positive effect on both Ranked and Unranked Matchmaking.”

Players will have until May 4th to register a number with their Steam account, giving them a two-week grace period, after which accounts with no number registered will be unable to queue. If a phone number is removed from an account after registration, a new number can be added, but there will be a three-month waiting period before the removed number can be registered again to prevent the same number being used on multiple accounts.

Other changes include the option to only queue against other solo players, the removal of ranked in South Africa, India, and Dubai, and several changes to help remove undesirable behavior from matchmaking.

Read more about the changes over on the game’s official site.

Source: Valve

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Dota 2 players will have to hand over their phone number to play ranked

Players will soon have to register a phone number to queue for ranked in Dota 2.

By Matthew Bennett | 04/21/2017 10:00 AM PT

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Valve is attempting to remove “smurfing” from Solo Queue in Dota 2 by requiring all players to register a phone number too queue for Ranked matches.

For those who are unaware, smurfing is when a high level player creates a new account to play with lower skill players, which throws off the balance of the game.

“Players using multiple accounts create a negative matchmaking experience at all skill brackets, so our goal is to add just enough friction to this process that the number of players doing this will be noticeably reduced,” the developer explains. “Having more players using their primary accounts will have a positive effect on both Ranked and Unranked Matchmaking.”

Players will have until May 4th to register a number with their Steam account, giving them a two-week grace period, after which accounts with no number registered will be unable to queue. If a phone number is removed from an account after registration, a new number can be added, but there will be a three-month waiting period before the removed number can be registered again to prevent the same number being used on multiple accounts.

Other changes include the option to only queue against other solo players, the removal of ranked in South Africa, India, and Dubai, and several changes to help remove undesirable behavior from matchmaking.

Read more about the changes over on the game’s official site.

Source: Valve

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About Matthew Bennett

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Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89