If you’re wondering what geofiltering is after the controversy surrounding Mathew “Royal2” Fiorante of Sentinel, here’s what you need to know.
Geofiltering returned to prominence recently after Royal2 has been banned for violating the rules of Halo Championship Series. The official ban “Server Operations”, according to officials, who argued that Royal2 used “geofiltering” to force their opponents in the NA Open Series and NA Kickoff Qualifiers to servers with “unusually high” pings.
We notice that from November 26, 2021, one day before the NA Open Series 11-27 on November 27, 2021 until the final match of the NA 12-1 Kickoff Qualifier on December 3, 2021 , all US servers except 1 US server. The Clans (westus2) are missing from the server’s ping list, thus forcing all Royal 2 matches to go to that server and generating unusually high pings for players in the affected matches.
– Official decision of HCS, December 12, 2021
Games like Halo Infinite check the ping of all players in the lobby, automatically choose the best server based on the results. The idea is to create a system that is fair to all players, so no one gains an unfair advantage by having a significantly lower response time than everyone else.
By geo-filtering, players can exclude their PC or console from joining certain servers. This is usually done so that players can enjoy the best experience possible – but can also be used to gain a competitive advantage by forcing other players into servers that are much further away ( especially if other players don’t geofilter themselves).
In principle, Geofiltering is not bad. The feature is integrated into many games such as VALUABLE and Apex Legendsand it’s useful when a player has connection problems or when a particular server is having problems. Most of the time, other lobbying players are willing to join the server and are not forced to compete at a disadvantage.
Hope, Royal2’s ban will be a lesson for other players. Halo Infinite It’s still relatively new, and hopefully, the developers can figure out how to prevent players from using this feature in tournaments.
https://dotesports.com/news/what-is-geofiltering What is geofiltering? – Dot Esports