Splatoon 3: How To Cancel Matchmaking? [Stepwise Procedure]

You can cancel matchmaking process by from timely execution of "Cancel" button, or restarting the game.

Splatoon 3 How To Cancel Matchmaking
Splatoon 3 How To Cancel Matchmaking

Game mechanics balance the players during the matchmaking based on the matchmaking ranges of the weapons. This might seem tricky to comprehend, but once you start playing the game, you can understand it with your experience. 

Matchmaking Range of Weapons
Matchmaking Range of Weapons

There are two ways to cancel matchmaking with a team in the game. Let’s discuss them one by one. 

Key Takeaways

  • There are two ways to cancel matchmaking: using the cancel button or restarting the game.
  • The cancel button is only available for a limited time, and if the player is already in a match, they may be unable to access it.
  • Restarting the game is the only option when the cancel button is unavailable, or matchmaking is glitched.
  • Quitting during a match can result in severe infractions for the player’s character.

Canceling Matchmaking With A Button

You can exit the matchmaking process by following these steps:

  1. Hold Down the Cancel Button:
    • You’ll see a Cancel button when your character is available for matchmaking.
    • Simply hold down this button for a period of time, and you will exit the matchmaking process.

At the same time, I recommend checking the downsides of this approach.

  • Limited Time for Cancel Button:
    Cancel Button During Matchmaking
    Cancel Button During Matchmaking
    • The Cancel button is available for a limited time during matchmaking.
    • There’s a countdown ring around the button, and once it reaches the end, the button disappears.
    • If you miss the window to press the Cancel button, you’ll have to wait until the matchmaking process is completed.
  • No Fixed Waiting Time:
    • There’s no fixed waiting time to exit the matchmaking screen, as it depends on various factors like weapon selection and location.
    • You may need to wait for the game to compose balanced teams, which sometimes takes a while.
    • I even experienced waiting times of over 16 minutes on the matchmaking screen.
  • No Cancel Button Between Matches:
    • If you’re in a consecutive match and want to exit the matchmaking process, you may not receive a Cancel button.
    • Instead, you’ll see options to stop and leave the ongoing multiplayer game, continue to the next match, or change gear and proceed.
    • Leaving the game in this situation may require you to wait for the matchmaking process again without the option to cancel.

Consider these limitations when attempting to exit the matchmaking process.

Splatoon Matchmaking Taking Over 900 Seconds
Splatoon Matchmaking Taking Over 900 Seconds

Cancel Matchmaking By Restarting The Game

Apart from the Cancel button, restarting the game is the only way to get out of the matchmaking dilemma. This is the last and forced cancelation of matchmaking that involves shutting down the game completely and restarting it. Players must only consider this when they have no other option and matchmaking is stuck or glitched with forever counter. 

My Experience With Matchmaking

I hope they fix this matchmaking problem so that players can leave the matchmaking process anytime and anywhere. I understand many players are frustrated over the long waiting times that sometimes exceed 16 minutes. Or they can make the matchmaking process faster to reduce the waiting times and ensure balanced teams for the colorful paint battles. 

What are your thoughts on getting out of the endless waiting times of matchmaking in Splatoon 3? We would love to hear them in the comments section below. 

Another similar problem that players face is resolved with our guide that you can check: Splatoon 3 How to Change Character?

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