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Valve asks for phone numbers to confirm Dota 2 player identities

Valve has released a new update for Dota 2 which it says is focused on "improving the matchmaking experience" in the popular multiplayer game. If you're one of those legitimate players, you'll have to meet Valve halfway, however. Which is sad, because that was pretty much free points.

There are also some big changes coming for South Africa - Valve is killing ranked matchmaking for the region. Let's go over them quickly.

A change has just rolled out for Valve's DoTA 2 that requires all players who wish to partake in the game's ranked mode to provide the developer with a unique telephone number. Accounts that use bots will also be permanently banned, a punishment that should become more meaningful with the new phone number requirement. Bit of a pain in the arse for those like me who don't actually use a mobile phone, though.

The company wrote in a blog post that players have until May 4 to register a phone number to their account or they will not be eligible for ranked matchmaking. If a number is removed, there's a three-month waiting period until the removed number can be attached to a new account.

Guess it's time for local Dota players to play with the Europeans again.

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Next up, Solo Queue is back in.

This update has also arrived with changes to Solo Queue, Parties, matchmaking and some regional changes. If you're a 4K solo player and 3K party, then you'll be apparently be queuing at around 3500 MMR. It doesn't necessarily mean that matches are guaranteed to be competitive, but it should hopefully reduce the occasions where a high MMR player completely dominates a game because of lower-tier party members. 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. Those interested in playing ranked in the regions must head to other nearby supported servers.

This update comes as Valve also looks to crack down on Smurfing. 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.

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