In steam heating systems, a boiler furnace heats water by means of a gas or oil-fired burner and turns it into steam.The steam travels through pipes to radiators or convectors, which give off heat and warm the room.

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So what if the Prime system was re-imagined using a wider range of factors?

We started with that question, and have been experimenting with matching players using observed behaviors and attributes of their Steam account, including the overall amount of time they had spent playing CS: GO, how frequently they were reported for cheating, time spent playing other games on their Steam account, etc.

Steam and hot-water heating systems have several benefits that aren’t often discussed.

They have few moving parts, making them more reliable and durable if maintained than newer, more complicated heating systems.

As the steam cools, it condenses back into water, and returns to the boiler to be heated again.

Hot water heating systems operate on the same principle, using hot water instead of steam to heat the radiators.As these constraints were added, the Prime status created a hard boundary in the CS: GO community, and players who might otherwise be perfectly happy playing together were separated.We’re committed to the goal of getting dedicated CS: GO players together, but we’ve been looking into improved approaches.We call this system Trust, and these factors considered together form a player’s Trust Factor. In matches created using Trust Factor, most players ended up generating fewer reports regardless of their Prime status.We wanted to keep the best parts of Prime and ditch the parts that cause problems in the CS: GO community.Starting today, players will, by default, enter matchmaking using their Trust Factor rather than their Prime status and in the short term, players with Prime status can still choose to match using the old system.