Ranked Dota 2 Matches Will Soon Require A Phone Number

Elizabeth Williams
April 21, 2017

In an update to the Dota 2 matchmaking services today, Valve announced that players will have to register a unique phone number in order to compete in ranked matches.

"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", it explained in a blog post. The phone number policy will have a two-week delay to allow people time to update their accounts.

This announcement comes as part of a larger update to matchmaking, which you can read all about here. You also won't be able to move your number around different accounts as there will be a three-month waiting period before said number can be used on a different account.

You can add a phone number to your Steam account at the link here. Instead of focusing on improving or buffing heroes the team has focused on matchmaking, solo queue and regional changes to offer a much enjoyable experience.

Valve asks for phone numbers to confirm Dota 2 player identities

Dota 2 players have also been delighted to see solo queueing return to the game, with a matchmaking setup that now means solo queue players will only be placed in games with other solo queue players.

Tweaks have also been made to the way undesirable behaviour is dealt with in matchmaking. "Effectively, these players will search for a match as if their MMR were halfway between the Solo and Party MMR values".

So! Quite a lot of changes, depending on how you actually play Dota 2. That might sound like an obvious feature, but it's one that's been lacking from both Dota 2 and League of Legends for years now. If you're a casual Unranked player, you probably don't have much to think about except that intentional feeding will be punished more harshly and your solo MMR may impact your party MMR.

"For the time being, players in these regions will need to join Ranked Matchmaking queues in one of the other nearby supported servers". Probably a step in the right direction, but it's certainly not going to make certain elements of the game less toxic, and that phone number requirement is going to inconvenience a fair few people.

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