What is it about?

This study investigated the reliability of the esports ranking system used in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) by HLTV, a widely recognized source in the gaming community. The research found that the HLTV ranking system is effective in predicting CS:GO match outcomes. Interestingly, the study revealed that as players' rankings get lower, the difference in their abilities becomes smaller, forming a pyramid-like structure. This suggests that the ranking system is dependable for spectators, sponsors, and bettors, aiding them in making informed decisions and enhancing their experience during tournaments. Overall, the findings contribute valuable insights into the world of esports rankings and their impact on competitive gaming.

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Why is it important?

The importance of this study lies in its potential to influence the esports industry positively. A trustworthy ranking system is crucial for fair competition and accurate recognition of team and player skills. Without a reliable system, lower-seeded teams may face undue challenges in tournaments, affecting the overall integrity of the esports scene. Additionally, the study contributes valuable insights to the growing field of esports research, paving the way for improved understanding and development of ranking systems in other competitive gaming disciplines. Ultimately, this research has the potential to enhance the overall enjoyment and credibility of esports, benefiting both participants and fans alike.

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This page is a summary of: Confirmation of the validity of the HLTV ranking, ICGA Journal, November 2023, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/icg-230229.
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