How To Turn Off Skill Based Matchmaking in Call of Duty Vanguard

With the full release of Call of Duty: Vanguard right around the corner, players are worried whether the game will have skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) or not. Plenty of features like a brand-new campaign, an all-new Zombies experience, and a revamped multiplayer mode, have already been unveiled by Sledgehammer Games but intel on the controversial feature has yet to be revealed.

The issue that concerns the pros and skilled players the most is the existence of SBMM in Call of Duty titles. With the Vanguard beta showing signs of SBMM being an active feature, the players and fans are wondering if there is a way to turn SBMM off. Here’s how to turn off SBMM in Vanguard and have a more casual experience.

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How To Turn Off SBMM in Call of Duty Vanguard

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While you cannot manually turn off skill-based matchmaking from the options menu, there are workarounds to get easier games.

Turn Off Crossplay

Turning off crossplay will allow for a match with all the players on the same platform. If a player is playing from PC, they will be matched with players on PC only. Thus, creating a more even playing field.

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Join A Friend's Games

Many of your friends might have low K/D ratios. Queuing up with such players will allow for you to be matched into easier lobbies.

Play Less Sweaty

A player’s skill is determined by their performance in the game. In other words, the player’s skill would be set low by the game if they continuously perform terribly, having low K/D and W/L records. Lower skilled players will be matched up with other similar level players, resulting in relaxed matches and a fun experience.

Why Do Players Want To Turn Off SBMM?

While SBMM is appreciated by the casual players, a large and vocal part of the community wants it either removed or the ability to turn it off. This feature allows for players of the same skill level to be grouped together for a match. As a result, the players with a higher skill ceiling have to try super hard in order to get the dub.

SBMM has been a controversial feature in the Call of Duty series. With Sledgehammer Games showing signs of SBMM being ever-present in their upcoming title, it will be interesting to see how players receive it. For more Vanguard intel, check out our dedicated hub containing everything you need to know.