Okay, I debated about posting this, but I wanted to see if anyone else feels the way I do about this, it has even noticed it
I’m referring to a practice called “lobby shopping.” It’s the practice of “shopping” from lobby to lobby looking for a game that will guarantee the “shopper” an easy win, thus inflating their stats. In the case of Evolve, being the monster and continuously matchmaking until one finds a hunter team who is full of people sometimes three ranks below you level.
Now, on a game like Evolve, you’d think this wouldn’t be an issue, as the matchmaking system is based upon player rank, but if one keeps backing out from lobbies where a player is pitted against people of their rank, eventually the algorithm won’t find any more games of that degree, and place that high ranked player with people who have been waiting for just as long, as I guess the assumption is, it’s better to play agaist lower ranked players, than no players at all.
On PS4, there is an individual (I know I’m not allowed to say his name), who lobby shops. I know, because my team of hunters are all silver expert, and this gentlemen is a silver master. We get him as our monster a lot, and he backs out every time. Let me say that again. EVERY time. None of us know him. But come to find, he’s in the top 50 Goliath players in the world and had only accumulated two losses out of over two hundred and fifty matches played. There just can’t be any other explanation.
I wish there was something that could be done about this, but I feel it’s just one of those “uneuthical but not illegal things.” Plus, maybe it’s not abused as much as I’m making it out to be.
I know stats aren’t everything, but what’s the point of having them, if that’s the case. Plus, on top of not being fun for lower ranked players, this practice slows down matchmaking for higher ranked players where wait times can take 10+ minutes.
Anyone else have an opinion?