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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  • Well, last time I ran a Title Update for mw2 I couldn't find a game for 8 days. Is this going to happen again?

  • Does this also apply to PC Users as well??

  • You can't  "fix" the jtaggers. There will always be hackers. Jtaggers get console banned pretty fast though so it isn't like they cheat 24/7 they just buy new KV's to cheat again. Sorry, they aren't going anywhere anytime soon =/

  • Thankyou so much @fourzerotwo I'm an Aussie gamer and every one has been complaining about the lag when we get into north American games

  • I think you shouldn't ban cheater permanent the first time, first give them a ban for 1/2 weeks or so and warn them that they will get a permanent ban if they cheat again, because many people get lured in and try cheats because people say it's cool and safe and then they get banned forever and we might lose some (good) players there.

  • Look at all these Americans stating that lag isn't a problem and cheating is, such arrogancy. Just because you guys do not have a problem with finding local games than the majority of the world does not mean that lag Is a lesser issue at hand. I can deal with cheating, you only get them in FFA games anyways, lag is another factor and I'm glad it got addressed than "j-tags and TI".

  • @Rob: No, we're Xbox LIVE - we don't have anything to do with MW2 on other platforms.

    @Harry: @fourzerotwo works for Infinity Ward and not Xbox LIVE, but I'm glad you're happy with the change!

  • I'm an Australian gamer and I'm really greatful for the effort in improving matchmaking for us australians..

    Thank you

  • Funny how Treyarch didn't need Microsoft to change things about Xbox Live to make local searching work properly.

    Infinity Ward and their rushed, unfinished, glitchpile of a game blows.

  • Don't get me wrong lag sucks, but these people griping about jtag and hackers are so right, i have 33 days in MW2 which yes means i am legit 10th which means nothing and my stats get to mean nothing cause you won't  stop hackers or clear the leader boards of these absolute losers. A nice example of how they ruin games This guy (xGodWar82x) comes in our game and is invulnerable, then after 6 kills nukes us then says is hacker and gonna take our accounts.... WORSE part we were on a 45 game win streak he busted just cause he was a jerk... (xGodWar82x) is in video on site of him with hacked game rooms. Can you do anything...???

  • So am i the one Australian? Or do you mean the one Australian still playing your game?

    Most people i know returned your shitty game for a full refund.

    Whats wrong with a local only option? or dare i say a server browser.

  • You guys at xboxlive happily take my money every year but can't protect me from these jtag hacker people?  I personally think you would rather have their 60 bucks a year then take care of me and mine because you think i have no choice. I have a choice, I have a PS3 I can go elsewhere but I don't want to so help a brother out.  

  • @Xploitr mw2 has the best searching possible.. if you want a team game u pick a team variant. if you want to play by yourself you pick free for all. end of story. the amount of fun is determined on how much you enjoy the game. not who is playing it

  • Let's see if you people can manage to publish a patch without crippling the whole game again (my matchmaking has NEVER been as good as it was before that last debacle, you idiots).

  • Lag on this game is complete BS almost all the time. But honestly, comparing to WaW doesn't do much good, because it was FAR worse. There's gotta be some way to make it an even contest for everybody, because sometimes, people are only good, and think they're really good, only because they always have a full second advantage over you past every corner. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

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