Valve is updating their Dota 2 matchmaking services today, the company announced that players will have to register a unique phone number in order to compete in ranked matches.

This update wants to fight players who use multiple accounts that ruin other’s ranked matches. Because Dota 2 is free-to-play, the act of “smurfing” can result to an unbalanced game with matchmaking.

Valve has given everyone a two-week grace period to give players time to regiter unique phone numbers in their Steam account. By May 4, any account without a registered phone number will be unable to play on competitive matchmaking.

Other changes, including an option for solo queue players to only match up with other lone wolves and adjustments to party calculations, seem set to further deal with issues of smurfing in the Dota scene. Low-priority bans also apply duration-based bans to ranked matchmaking, and a few underpopulated servers known for being used as grounds for artificially boosting matchmaking rating will no longer offer ranked matchmaking, forcing players into more populated servers.

You can add a phone number to your Steam account at the link here.


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