A new leak reveals that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is going to have skill-based matchmaking

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By Ali Ahmed Akib
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One of the most controversial features of Modern Warfare, skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is making its way into the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

After months of speculations, we finally have an official date August 26, 2020, when the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is going to be revealed. Call of Duty franchise has to be one of the biggest franchises in the world thus the amount of hype for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is incomparable as well.

On top of all these teasers surfing on the internet, a new leak has emerged recently that reveals one of the most controversial features of Modern Warfare is returning to Black Ops Cold War.

One of the most well-known leakers Tom Henderson recently tweeted out confirming that SBMM is returning to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. And it is “EXACTLY” the same as Modern Warfare.


Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) might be a great idea or concept for online multiplayer games as it forces players of similar skill level to compete against each another. But in reality, it is one of the most criticized features for any titles.

Activision already has a great history with SBMM. They received a lot of backlashes from the community when they introduced SBMM with Modern Warfare release back in October 2019 and later with Warzone. Many other titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite also has SBMM in the game which at one point almost killed those titles.

However, even with all these criticism, it seems like skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is here to stay in Call of Duty. Activision hasn’t made any official announcement about whether there will be any SBMM in Black Ops Cold War or not. And in order to find out, players have to wait till August 26.

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