Fortnite battle royale’s matchmaking has worked pretty much the same as all the other titles in the genre – everyone’s in the same pool, so expert-level players are in there right alongside people who could never dream of victory royale. Now, that’s finally changing, as Epic has confirmed that skill-based matchmaking will be in place for the 10.40 update.

Epic says that this “improved matchmaking logic” will help “create fairer matches” in the core battle royale modes – so LTMs will likely still be a complete free for all. “You will be more likely to match with players of similar skill, and as you get better, so should your opponents,” Epic says. “We will slowly roll this out to all regions across Battle Royale core modes as we test and monitor how it performs.”

Skill-based matchmaking changes were first hinted at over a year ago, and similar sort of matching system was implemented alongside in-game tournaments. Some players have had trepidation about those changes, but as Epic’s investment in competitive Fortnite increases, the advent of fairer matchmaking seemed inevitable.

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