What is 'Global Ranking' ?
GPGNet was given an external tool from the community to rate people, this tool is named PlayerTrack. http://bitgoblin.com/fapt/ It gives arbitrary ratings, and thus may not give a fair rating to a player.
FAF uses a real rating system for each and every game. This system gives a real-time rating of all players who have participated in custom and/or ladder FAF games. A players' score depends on his in- game performance; good performance leads to increased rating, while poor performance causes a drop in rating. You can find your exact rating here, but keep in mind, a high rating does not mean you're good, but you may have a high rating because you're good.
Which games affect Global Ranking?
Only Custom Games affect global rating. 1v1 ladder matches affected 1v1 and global rating for a while, but now 1v1 games affect a different rating only, your "Ladder rating"
- Your rating increases when you win a rated game, and decreases when you lose a rated game. This is the only thing which changes your rating - in-game performance has no effect.
When is the game rated?
Generally, all standard games are rated, but a few exceptions exist:
- Cheats enabled in the game settings
- Unit restrictions enabled in the game settings
- Sandbox set as victory condition
- Uneven numbers of players - e.g 3v2
- Free for all games should not be rated, however they have been in the past due to bugs. Do not intentionally rate FFA games as it is considered an exploit.
- Games under 60 seconds per player present in real time (not the in game time, and observers are not counted)
- Sim Mods
Ranking in the lobby
You can access ladder (1v1) ranking from the Leaderboards tab, but only players who played a ladder game in the last two months are shown there. You can also see the approximate Global Ranking in the chat, when hovering over the icon of a user in the list.
Ranking in game
You can see the global rating of any player next to his nickname in the FA lobby.
- To see the precise number, right click on a players name and select View Player Statistics - this is will show you a Gaussian distribution (what rating actually is) and you can see their displayed rating at the bottom of the window.