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Does COD MW2 Have SBMM? – Answered

SBMM has gotten a lot of hate in previous Call of Duty entries.

With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 picking up the pace in terms of the player base that has been rapidly growing since release, players are wondering what actual factors are being taken into consideration in the matchmaking calculation, because, you know, people always doubt the criteria of the matchmaking algorithm in multiplayer games – for good reason. Prima Games delivers the results of our research and explains if CoD MW2 has SBMM or not.

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Some players might like the Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) in the Call of Duty franchise, but there is a very vocal chunk of fans that have issues with it, so naturally, the question of all questions is whether or not Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has Skill-Based Matchmaking or not.

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Judging by the beta of CoD MW2 available right now, Skill-Based Matchmaking is within the game, enabled, and working.
Dr Disrespect, among other online personas, was very critical of SBMM in CoD MW2 and Timthetatman made the simplest tweet possible:

Many CoD players are probably not interested in setting foot in Ranked matches (we believe this goes for almost all multiplayer games) and we’ve seen hordes of dissatisfied players intentionally throwing matches so that they can lower their SBMM rating and provide themselves with a more fun gaming experience for at least a couple of games until Skill-Based Matchmaking re-calibrates them where they “belong” when they need to tank matches again.

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The worst part about this is that the system will not allow you to just go AFK until you lose because you will get kicked from the match. You need to LARP as a Stormtrooper from Star Wars and actually play the game, but miss all enemies, so that the system can lower your hidden rating (or shall we say, ELO).

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Now that you know whether the game has SBMM or not, browse our other COD MW2 articles under the clickable game tag below!

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Nikola L
Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was really good!). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.