Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Soon Require A Phone Number

Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Soon Require A Phone Number

Valve doesn't like this happening for a number of reasons, including the buying and selling of boosted accounts, but more importantly, it's lead to a worse playing experience for those in the lower brackets. One huge change now requires players to register a phone number to their account to play ranked matches. While valve acknowledges that this method would technically break MMR in short term, with a larger sample of games, it should tend to balance out the player's skill level thanks to increased data resulting in less volatile ranked matchmaking. Oh, and online services that offer up phone numbers are banned. In North America, data from the FCC-backed NANPA can help determine the source of any such online phone numbers, but it's unclear whether Valve will also be able to confirm worldwide numbers in a similar way. Starting May 4, any account without a registered phone number will no longer be eligible to compete on the ranked ladder.

Starting from today, the community has two weeks to register a phone number to their primary accounts. Solo queue is the solution which will ensure that if you are trying to enter a ranked match as an individual, you will not be paired with any other team. This is to prevent using the same number on multiple accounts. Dota 2 continues to be one of the most popular titles on Steam and now has the most number of active players. If users play as part of a party, the average of a party member's solo and party MMR is used if his solo MMR is higher than his party MMR. In addition to this, Valve is adding detection for and stricter punishments for intentional feeding, a growing concern in the community especially in ranked matchmaking.

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Finally, Valve has made ranked matchmaking unavailable in South Africa, India, and Dubai because their "low populations made them prime targets for various Ranked Matchmaking abuses".

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