In OW, you can view current players on the server as well as recent players through the social tab.

If you right click on a name in the current game menu, there is an option to "Prefer Player".

Now I'm not sure what exactly this does, so I tried activating it. I thought perhaps it would let me stay in the same team as him but for the next 4 matches, even though most of the server stuck around, including him, I was never matched with him once.

If anything, what does "preferring a player" do? If 6 players perfer one single player, and that player is the same, is it supposed to cluster them together? How does this work?

  • Your answer is probably platform dependent. On Xbox you can prefer players and it makes you more likely to be on their team, but that's a feature of Xbox Live.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 9:40
  • But it's on PC as well, and Ps4, so much for platform independent
    – childe
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 15:16
  • Yes, it's on PC and PS4, which don't have Xbox Live. That would make it platform dependent. Which platform are you on?
    – DCShannon
    Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 15:53

2 Answers 2


When you prefer a player, it will be more common that you will play with this player in the future without doing a party.

  • The "Prefer" system is still in the game (and "working as intended")
    – Powerlord
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 1:25
  • Does prefer attempt to put you on the same team or just in the same game? Commented May 17, 2017 at 1:16

It will enable a feature that if that player you preferred is matchmaking at the same time as you, it will try to matchmake you with them.

Same thing with avoid a player, it will not let you play with that person in the future.

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