As the newest generation of video game consoles are fully ushered into homes and eSports leagues continue to grow, online gaming has become the norm for how video games are played by gamers of all types. With this shift has come some growing pains for gamers looking for others they want to team with for face off against, playing the odds that a random online match-up will bring them together with someone compatible with them.
GamerPeer.com aims to bridge that gap. Modeled after online dating sites, GamerPeer is designed to bring gamers together with others compatible with them so they can find those extra clan members or do battle with people from their own age group and background. According to founder Jack Gandolfo, the idea for the site came from his own personal experiences with online gaming.
"I was becoming very frustrated with constantly being randomly matched in game with 13-year old kids learning how to curse and gamers who grief or rage quit during a competitive game," Gandolfo said. "Joining a start up with two other guys, I wanted to be a team that had a vision for re-living the glory days of playing multi-player on the couch with your friends. We saw the success of online dating and how efficient they have become in finding the ideal match. This inspired us to create something that will improve in-game matchmaking before they waste countless hours in a game."
While online communities do exist for players who spend weeks and month increasing their place on the leaderboard, Gandolfo states that GamerPeer looks beyond statistics when trying to find a gamer's perfect online match.
"We created a service that asks users to fill out a basic profile that consists of general questions, in and out of game interests, preferred playtime, thought process of how you play games, and game specific questions," he added. "With this information, we input the data into our algorithms and present a percentage match of compatible gamers that play the same games."
According to the founder, GamerPeer also manages to be a location for both the serious gamer and those who use video gaming as a fun way to spend their spare time.
"For the casual gamer, we realize that for the limited amount of time they have to play video games, they want to have the most satisfying online gaming experience possible," Gandolfo continued. "They don’t want to join a public lobby and immediately have to worry about muting everyone that has a mic. Doing this hinders the online gaming experience, which was designed to be an enjoyable social activity. On opposite side of the spectrum, we have become increasingly popular within the competitive gaming community. Players are always looking for teammates that are up to par and compatible enough to have a base before gaming with them for hours. It is because of our revolutionary algorithms and advanced search that allows GamerPeer to be the ideal recruiting site for every online gamer."
While online gaming has extended beyond the traditional video game console and seen huge communities pop up around titles such as League of Legends, Gandolfo states that the GamerPeer crew continues to monitor gaming trends so they can provide players with the services they want.
"We are currently at a cross roads in the console industry as we continue to observe the stats during this holiday season," he added. "The next few months will be interesting and will determine the future of console gaming. One thing is certain though; whether it is console gaming, PC gaming, or mobile gaming, the online experience is always greater playing with friends."