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|Session Name:||Online Game Technology Summit: Data Driven Competitive Matchmaking Over Multiple Continents|
|Track / Format:||Online Game Technology Summit|
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|Overview:||Andrea "Toxi" Locatelli (Ph.D. in mathematics), semi-pro player discusses a data-driven approach to matchmaking systems as learned on the W3Champions mod project. Presenting data, and explaining the problems encountered with creating an engaging multiplayer competitive experience with a very dedicated playerbase spread across all continents. It will go into the details of the ranking formula which keeps players engaged, the team balancing algorithm that provides the fairest games, and matchmaking. Tested on data from 2 million games, over 1v1, 2v2, 4v4 and Free-for-all game modes - this community ladder is currently used by all the top WarCraft 3 players - oldschoolers like Grubby and ToD but also Koreans and Chinese pros!|