11 Oct, 2018

PUBG Update 22 And Its Impact On Matchmaking

The Devs at PUBG released a new update for the game that focused on enhancing the current matchmaking system. The aftereffects however, were not as expected.

According to the Dev letter a Rank System Beta was introduced. This changed the way how ranking was perceived in the game. The approach was taken to give PUBG a more competitive approach. A place where players could gauge their skills and be matched with equivalent competition.

The changes that were introduced in the beta are as follows:

  1. Rank Seasons
  2. Rank Points
  3. Rank Tiers

Devs tried to bring in the aspect of Rank System from games like CS:GO, Dota 2 and LOL. You get to play an initial 10 matches to attain a suitable rank. Next were the Rank Points that let players move up the ranking ladder with the focus being on staying consistent.

This takes us to the third point which is the Rank Tier. A total of 8 ranks have been introduced and after the initial 10 placement matches, a player is assigned a rank according to the points they accumulate. This is further clarified in the image below:

PUBG Matchmaking Updates

Now comes the difficult part. In hopes of making the ranking system happen, there were certain changes made to how a match is found.

“We’ve also updated how regions work in general, so that the server closest to you will automatically be preferred when the matching pool in that region is sufficient. If that matching pool doesn’t have sufficient players, the next closest server will be chosen. ”

While everything seemed to be done in the best possible manner, the last move seemed to blow it all apart. With this matchmaking update, Devs wanted players to queue up for matches much efficiently than before. This included faster queue times and players being connected to game servers closest to their location.

This didn’t work as expected and almost the entire community complained about the issue. Here are some of the complaints.


The matchmaking update was put in place so that players could queue with players within the same region. This has been the issue pre-patch 22 as players would usually queue with Chinese players that are notorious for cheating their way to the top.

Post-patch 22 however, things haven’t changed a bit. Players are still concerned they are being queued with Chinese players who are blatantly hacking/cheating their way to the Chicken Dinner. Players are still complaining even though a patch was released to fix it.

Then there are the high ping times that is creating more delays in games and causing players to not play at their top level. PUBG matchmaking system is greatly suffering due to it and currently there seems to be no solution to it.

PUBG Region Lock China

What most players are currently demanding is to region lock China. This limits players from the country to play only in their region. Dota 2 implemented this a few years ago. However that’s also because of the enormous player base of the country plus the language barrier.

If this is the case in PUBG as well then most likely PUBG Region Lock for China should already be in the pipeline for the devs. As of now however, the problem is still there and so is the frustration of players from the rest of the world.

Giving Kill Ping a Try

Something that Kill Ping helps online players with is the ease of limiting yourself to particular regions and reducing ping times. Having a history of satisfied gamers in this aspect, Kill Ping is proud to boast its efficiency to PUBG players as well.

Since PUBG does not prevent you from queuing in China, you can do this via Kill Ping instead. Plus you will be able to reduce your ping times quite substantially. Kill Ping with its advanced routing algorithm and dedicated servers you will match with game servers with the shortest route.

Also working as a gaming VPN, Kill Ping can limit you to a particular region. This way you will only connect to the game servers/ region desired. If you have been tired of queuing with cheaters especially Chinese players then this is definitely going to be a sigh of relief for you.

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Hoping For the Best

While the PUBG Update 22 brought in many positive changes to the game, it is still a far cry from making the game stable and balanced for competitive play. The Devs are aware but still there is no solution to it. And until this happens, having good matchmaking and healthy competition is still quite difficult to find.

Kill Ping is trying its best to help players but game Devs should have to figure out a fix. They need a way to stop players from cheating and limiting players to their own region. If PUBG is willing to becoming a competitive esports then this is definitely the right step in the direction.

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PUBG Update 22 And Its Impact On Matchmaking

Gamer, Geek, Blogger. I come from the time when Duke Nukem looked awesome. I have a day job at Kill Ping and my nights pass with endless online gaming.

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