British gaming company Teams.gg has brought its free bespoke team-finding and friend-finding service to popular battle royale shooters Apex Legends and Fortnite.
The games join CSGO and Valorant, which Teams.gg already offers its services in. It has also become the official team finder for Valorant in Northern Europe after it partnered with tournament organiser Promod Esports to support regional grassroots competitions Polaris and Beacon.
Teams.gg was set up to help players find the right team for them without the trouble of grinding through solo queue to search for like-minded in-game friends and mutual players manually. The goal is to help players of multiplayer games find teammates with similar ‘skill levels, ambitions and priorities’ and avoid toxicity, using Teams.gg’s matching algorithm, which is constantly tweaked based on game updates and user feedback.
Update: Teams.gg has reported a successful move into Apex, which went into greater detail in this Teams.gg Apex blog post.
Teams.gg co-founder and CEO James Duffield said: “Teams.gg can help [players] avoid toxicity. If you’re matched just on skill level, you may come across people who are not into the game in the same way as you – perhaps they want to take the game really seriously and compete, but you just want to have fun – and that can lead to toxicity.
Teams.gg also has its own reporting system, for players who encounter others through Teams.gg who end up being toxic.
Teams.gg’s expansion to Apex Legends comes after the game’s ranked system was rebalanced when it launched Season 13, entitled Saviors, on May 10th 2022. Saviors’ arrival saw many players moved downwards in rank, and Respawn explained that the changes were made to encourage teamwork rather than solo play.
Another feature recently added to TEAMS.gg is ‘Events’, which lets users find other players who want to compete in specific in-game events.
Teams.gg co-founder and CEO James Duffield said: “An Apex Legends player who signs up to Teams can now expect to be able to find other people who are just like them, with similar ambitions and complementary skills. Whether they aspire to the upper echelons of Apex Legends esports, or simply want to find a group of friends to play with, they can do that using Teams.
“We had to take into account the number of different game modes that exist in these games. Apex Legends, for example, is a battle royale, but it also has arena modes. Fortnite has competitive, casual and no-building modes, and a plethora of creative islands that people can take part in, which they use to practise for the battle royales.
“Both games are multi-platform, spanning PC, consoles and, in the case of Fortnite, there’s a mobile version that is pretty much the same game. So now we’ve introduced the notion of different platforms. If a Teams user cares about platform, we’ll match them with others who also play on that platform.”
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.