Activision Is Reportedly Aware Of SBMM Exploits In Black Ops Cold War

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December 8, 2020

Taylor Cole

Taylor Cole

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Skill-Based Matchmaking And Black Ops Cold War

Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) has been a hot-button topic for Black Ops Cold War. Some have been fine with the SBMM implemented in the game with others finding it to be one of the game’s crucial problems. On top of that, we’ve seen players reverse-boost in order to be placed in easier lobbies. Regardless of where you stand on the topic, it seems that Activision and Treyarch are aware of the constant discussions on SBMM exploits in Black Ops Cold War.

This comes from notable Call of Duty insider Tom Henderson, who decided to share a few facts on SBMM and Call of Duty. In this thread, Henderson also revealed that Treyarch, Activision, and Infinity Ward are aware of the SBMM exploits situation in Call of Duty.

Unfortunately for those who were hoping to see changes to how SBMM works in Call of Duty, it looks like that is unlikely to happen. Henderson would later tweet out an update on things via this megathread on reverse-boosting and its history with Call of Duty.


For those who don’t know what SBMM is, here’s the gist. You are placed in lobbies with players around your skill level. Meaning, if you are an above-average player, you’ll play with other above-average players. If you are a below-average player, you’ll get matched up with below-average players. Simple, right? Well, there are a lot of factors in SBMM and a lot of tuning that goes into it. To get more info on SBMM, why people may like it or hate it, and how reverse-boosting works, you can click here.

We will be sure to update this story when we learn more. Until then, be sure to follow ModernWarzone on Twitter to get the latest Call of Duty news!

What are your thoughts on skill-based matchmaking in Call of Duty and more specifically, Black Ops Cold War? Is the whole situation overblown? Or should there be major changes to how SBMM works in Call of Duty games? Let us know in the comment section below.

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4 Responses

  1. SBMM is out of control period, I play casually and have been playing COD since the beginning. SBMM is basically a money grab having a challenging game game is fine but every single match all the damn time it’s ridiculous plus new players playing each other they will never get better, you get better by getting your sh!! pushed in? these new players aren’t players they are babies, MW campers Edition multiplayer was garbage stopped playing after one month safe spaces everywhere it’s a FPS not Summer Camp. What it boils down too is the company doesn’t listen to the community and COD has become infested with cry babies. The old COD you get thrown in a match and it was a variety of different play styles and player ranks but it was fun. Now it’s like you trying out it see if you make the cut to go professional or something. SBMM ruins the game period I rather play BF peace

  2. Honestly, good. It’s the vocal minority of assholes who, in my opinion, are good at CoD and nothing else, and don’t want to acknowledge that there are literally millions of other people who are “good at cod” that hate on SBMM. There are countless professionally-skilled players who will never play professionally because they lack the resources. You wanna stomp on noobs? Play with bots, loser. Video games are for everyone.

    1. I don’t think u realise that sbmm belongs in ranked. If ur trash then get better or play ur own skill in ranked. And if it was true sbmm and we had a rank then fine. But it’s performance based so what it really means is if u have a few good games ur next games will be terrible. If ur shit but wanna play the game play with bots. I wanna experience all levels of players not match up with the same names all the time.

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