Insider Reveals Call of Duty 2020 Will Implement Skill-Based Matchmaking

Published 06/09/2020, 1:43 PM EDT


Every year, the COD franchise treats fans with a new title. This year’s Call of Duty game is reportedly based on the Cold War and is likely to be a soft reboot of Black Ops, if not a complete reboot. The official title for the game isn’t confirmed yet, but according to rumors, it could be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

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Treyarch is currently developing the upcoming title and has remained tight-lipped about the work in progress. Despite all the secrecy, some leaks manage to surface as the community often takes extensive measures to discover the new content. So far, the leaks have pointed towards new weapons and maps, and fans are thrilled.

But now, information has emerged about the upcoming game that could potentially spark a debate within the fanbase. A credible Call of Duty insider/leaker has revealed that Call of Duty 2020 will implement skill-based matchmaking (SBMM).

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Call of Duty insider says SBMM is here to stay

Tom Henderson is reputed for his inside knowledge about various games and particularly for Call of Duty. In a recent tweet, he noted Call of Duty 2020 will enable SBMM. Moreover, he mentioned it is not a decision for the developer, Treyarch, hinting that it could be the publisher, Activision, who made the call.

He concluded that “SBMM is here to stay“. While the information displeased some fans, others embraced it. For now, the information remains unconfirmed as there is no official input from the developer.

Treyarch plans to release Call of Duty 2020 later this year for consoles and PC.

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Why is skill-based matchmaking controversial?

For the unaware, skill-based matchmaking is a method which matches players into online lobbies against opponents with a similar level of skillset. As a result, high-skilled players and low-skilled players are placed in matches with other equally skilled players, respectively.

Skill-based matchmaking is a hot topic for debate in the online gaming community. Some feel SBMM ruins the fun element and makes their matches too competitive and sweaty. Others think it is a crucial aspect for new players as well as those who have a casual approach to gaming.

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From a developer’s perspective, SBMM helps keep the matches challenging and more appealing. Moreover, they want their game to expand by drawing in new players. As a result, it generates more revenue. Without SBMM, players will randomly matchmake against each other, and experienced players will dominate against new players trying to learn the game.

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Some of the most popular games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and even Modern Warfare have SBMM. Subsequently, it has become a topic of dispute among the community of those games. The opinion of whether SBMM alters the in-game experience or not differs for each player.

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Souhardya Biswas

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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