Mere hours ago, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Valve introduced the Trust Factor matchmaking system. The latter is defined as one of the most significant changes in competitive matchmaking enforced over the past year or so.
Essentially, Valve has altered the Prime Matchmaking and implemented a new algorithm for pairing players. With Prime Matchmaking, players had to tie their CS: GO account with their mobile phone number. They were also allowed to enter Prime competitive games once they reach Level 21. Now, all these requirements have been relaxed.
The Trust Factor takes into account the time players spent in playing CS: GO, the skill level, as well as the number of occasions when they have been reported for cheating or toxicity. The Trust Factor “observes” players’ behavior and automatically recognizes fresh cheater and “smurf” accounts. Consequently, the algorithm matches toxic players with toxic players, cheaters with cheaters and skilled players with skilled players.
The main purpose of the Trust Factor is to give credit to dedicated CS: GO players who have not been reported for toxicity, have a verified account, and enough hours played. To minimize the chance of misuses, Valve has not revealed all factors that would determine players’ pairing. The Trust Factor will be updated on a regular basis. Valve promised to listen to community’s feedback and monitor how well it adapts to the changes.