Modern Warfare 2 Matchmaking Update - The Speed of Light Edition

Modern Warfare 2 Matchmaking Update - The Speed of Light Edition

We’ve opened up the hood on Xbox LIVE and tinkered with how matchmaking works for Modern Warfare 2.  It’s not a dramatic change, and the majority of our users won’t see any difference – but a certain subset of you should be happier now.


When you search for a match, our servers sort through the many thousands of available matches to find the “best” potential games for you.  We’ve changed how we determine “best”, and your country is now an even more significant factor than it was before.  What does this mean to you?


As a gamer, you want to play in a lag-free game.  This means that you need to be playing with gamers who are “near you” on the Internet.  This is why games like MW2 ping potential matches to determine how close they are and reject them if they’re too far away.  If you live somewhere that’s geographically isolated – like Australia, for example – most of the world is not near you.  The speed of light just isn’t fast enough (that’s not something I get to say every day).


On behalf of that Australian gamer we’re now trying harder than ever to find a session in their country for them to join.  Of course, this requires there to be games hosted in Australia with open slots at the moment they’re looking – but we’ve maximized the odds of those gamers getting together.


While we can’t beat the speed of light (yet), we do think that these changes have made finding matches in MW2 a better experience.  If it's helped you out we'd love to hear it!

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  • its still broke, just tried joing a game, gets up to 200ms then finds one game, it last 5 seconds before it lags out and I am disconnected, I popped in cod4 and I find dozens of free for all and team death games

    avl, under 50 ms, and I have no problems what so ever... All other games play fine, this game was broke when xbl/iw decided to push that update a few months ago, I am now as I type this getting ready to

    go purchase bf2 bc, the game everyone is talking about. I remember playing bf2 on the pc, back in 04/05

    it was so freaking awesome, you can fly jets helicopters, c4 hit, Im hoping I will not be disappointed!

    thanks alot IW, you have taken a great game and fucked it all up, cod4 was a really good game, I thought

    mw2 was going to be great, and it was tell the update, you not doing anything to fix it, and I assume you

    could care less, and yet you just released more maps, 2 of which are from cod4 and should be free to begin with, you guys are money whores and no nothing about good business, if you where smart the 2 maps from cod4 would be free....

    ............... that says it all....

  • It isn't working properly I cant find games on any playlist with more than 10k players, the only playlistis  I can find games are Mosh Pit(1k-3k players) but they removed this playlist so no more games here, the resurgence map pack playlist which has around 2-4l players, and the other one I can play is Headquarters Pro with 2-4k.

    Since team deatmatch, mercenary TD, TDE, Demolition, Domination, SnD... have more than 10k players I cant find any game, I have tried for about an hour with no success, before the TU I could play in any playlist :(

  • I think u need to fix the Jtag problem and moders.

  • This is pathetic. I pay for Xbox live and I payed for MW2 and I still can't use them. You have completely destroyed the game for Australians, not fixed it.

  • And also nobody ever wanted connections at the speed of light, just the speed of every other xbox live game ever made, don't pretend your helping the situation when you haven't done a thing.

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