The process of connecting players in a multiplayer game, often featuring lobbies, matching by similar rank, server browsers, contact lists, and chat.
With multiplayer gaming exceeding the simple case of gathering neighbors and friends, the complexity of matching players has increased. Matchmaking services include those which simply provide a gathering place for prospective players to find playmates, and those which automatically match players based on recorded gameplay attributes. Matchmaking specifically caters for matching those who would have an enjoyable experience when playing together.
Use this tag when you're designing or using a specific matchmaking service for a game you are developing.