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Ensemble Studios Online 2 (also known as ESO) is the matchmaking service included in Age of Empires III and its expansions. ESO features a quickmatch option, where players are randomly sorted into games. Players can also create games and playing in a game of their choice in the game browser.

A players Home Cities online are different from their Skirmish Home Cities, however if there is a Skirmish Home City above level 10, then all ESO Home Cities will start at Level 10. Also, if a player's Home City starts from level 20, then adding by each 20 levels, a newly created Home City will start on that level (e.g. current Home City level is 40 = new Home Cities begin at level 40).

In ESO, players are ranked on their skill level. The ranking system employs the ranks used by the USMC. The ranks are as follows:

Unit availability
Rank Level
Conscript
Private
Lance Corporal
Corporal
Sergeant
Master Sergeant
2nd Lieutenant
1st Lieutenant
Captain
Major
Lieutenant Colonel
Colonel
Brigadier
Major General
Lieutenant General
General
Field Marshal
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