What is the path of DE? Competetive or casual?

Is the goal of the game to be more competetive or newbie friendly? Is Microsoft/Forgotten Empires interested in a competetive scene?

I guess it’ll have ELO Matchmaking, like AoE2HD. I’m sure they want to strike a balance. It will be what AoE is.

If they aim for the same setup as they did on AoE 2HD, there’s gonna be a ELO Ladder but it will most likely over time be put here on the website.

An RTS without any kind of rating system would not really be worth playing (at least with random guys from the internet) since skill levels differ so much.