Frustrated Modern Warfare 3 Players Seek Matchmaking Exploits to Dodge SBMM

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer has been out for just under two days, and players are already grappling with the impact of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). SBMM is a system that pairs players based on their skill level, leading to more challenging and competitive matches. However, some gamers are expressing dissatisfaction with the system, claiming that it makes every game feel more difficult, even in casual public matches.

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As MW3 launched, the discussion around SBMM has once again taken center stage, with players voicing their concerns on social media. Those trying to progress through levels and unlock weapon camos are discovering themselves in what they describe as “sweaty” lobbies.

A glance at social media under the SBMM tag reveals numerous tweets where players are actively seeking ways to counteract the effects of SBMM. Some are intentionally lowering their skill ratings by purposefully losing games or performing poorly, hoping to face off against less skilled opponents and make their gameplay appear more impressive.

Critics argue that while SBMM is essential in ranked modes, where there’s a ladder to climb and rewards to earn, its implementation in public matches feels unfair. Players feel penalized for performing well as they are often matched against formidable opponents while having less skilled teammates to “balance” the game.

Although Activision has never officially confirmed or acknowledged the existence of hardcore SBMM, its perceived impact has grown over the years. Players describe a feeling that, whenever they perform decently, they are immediately matched against skilled opponents and paired with less skilled teammates, creating a sense of frustration in public matches.

In the early days of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer release, players are grappling with the divisive impact of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). The dissatisfaction expressed on social media reflects concerns about its influence, with gamers actively seeking ways to counteract its effects. As the debate continues, the frustration persists, amplifying the ongoing discussion around the implementation of SBMM in public matches.