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View, browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by pass type, track, and format. With this Session Viewer, you can view session and speaker details for the 2024 Game Developers Conference. New sessions are regularly added leading up to GDC, and all dates and times will be announced about 4 weeks before the event. Once live, you will be able to build your schedule with the GDC Mobile App.

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The Evolution of Matchmaking in 'Apex Legends'

Christopher Pierse  (Principal Data Scientist, Electronic Arts)

Samy Duc  (Technical Director, Respawn Entertainment)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Programming

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Apex Legends launched four years ago with no skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). While players often claim that the best SBMM is no SBMM, significant evidence proving otherwise quickly emerged and the team has been iterating on in-house approaches to matchmaking since. This session is a full chronological review of how and why the matchmaking in Apex Legends has evolved since launch. Technical Director Samy Duc and Principal Data Scientist Christopher Pierse will discuss the details of Respawn's tech stack, skill measurement algorithms, and matchmaking algorithms at every step of this journey.


Attendees will learn about how and why the matchmaking in Apex Legends has changed since launch. This includes clear evidence that introducing skill-based matchmaking was good for the playerbase. Attendees will also learn about how Respawn assesses the effectiveness of matchmaking and how their tech stack enables these experiments.

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in the design of matchmaking algorithms and technology behind multiplayer games.

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