Does Warzone 2.0 have SBMM? How does Skill-based Matchmaking work in Warzone 2.0 and MW2

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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SBMM has been the talk of the town since the release of Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2. Is SBMM present in Warzone 2.0? Let’s take a look at it.

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 managed to gain a spotlight as the revamped version of Warzone 1. Like its predecessor, Warzone 2.0 features a complicated SBMM. While SBMM has been the bane of most promising players, it has been a blessing for most “new” players.

SBMM, better known as Skill-Based Matchmaking, has been part of most CoD titles. Modern Warfare (2019) had a completely reworked SBMM system. It was the most hated part of the multiplayer mode. Infinity Ward’s new SBMM did ensure convenient lobbies for new players, but not for long. Now, let’s take a look at the yet another revamped SBMM of Warzone 2.0.

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How does SBMM work in Warzone 2.0 and MW2?

The new SBMM features a new AI pool. The AI pool is a PvE lobby instead of a typical PvP lobby that will determine the player skill cap. The new PvE system tracks player stats and defines the skill level or rank. The new AI pool is utilized in multiplayer lobbies, DMZ, and Warzone 2.0.

This new system undoubtedly counters the reverse matchmaking issue. Reverse matchmaking is the system smurfs use to get easier lobbies making it hard for newer players. Unfortunately, the smurf issues were rampant in MW (2019) ‘s multiplayer and Warzone.

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Moreover, the SBMM system removed the same lobby feature. Lobbies are disbanded, making separate lobbies based on player performances. Players with a high K/D ratio are pushed into harder lobbies, while players with low K/D ratios are pushed into lobbies that match their skill level. If it’s removed, the whole SBMM system will collapse.

Do players like the SBMM in Warzone 2.0 and MW2?

While MW (2019) was a massive success for Infinity Ward and Activision, without a doubt, the latter titles, BOCW and Vanguard, failed miserably. With the release of these titles, the overall player count started to decrease. Players were not happy with the SBMM of these games.

Players have been vocal about the SBMM present in Warzone 2.0 and MW2 since launch. While the whole SBMM might seem like a good feature for newer players, it comes and bites their own leg when they start performing well in the game. The devs have been silent about the current condition of SBMM in Warzone 2.0 and MW2.

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Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.