I’m sure most of you have experienced this at some point. You create a super popular game (4v4 arabia) and you sit in a lobby for 10 minutes but nobody shows.
you go on aoe2.net and see your lobby is live.
You ask a friend to see if they can see your lobby and no dice, but if you invite them - they can join no issue.
The issue is more likely than not your game is being hosted on a bugged server. In the US - Its Useast. creating a game on USeast 99% of the time leads to it not being visible in the lobby browser. the second you create said lobby on Uswest it will populate into the lobby browser and you’ll have no issue finding a game.
Problem solved until FE actually tries to address this issue.