Does Warzone 2 have SBMM?

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November 2, 2022: Warzone 2 is out now and SBMM is certainly present in the battle royale.

In the weeks leading up to the launch of Warzone 2, the hot topic of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) continues to split the opinions of players preparing to drop into Call of Duty's latest battle royale experience. What everyone wants to know is does Warzone 2 have SBMM?

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The feature appears in the first iteration of Warzone in a bid to create the most competitive matches possible but for those wanting a more casual experience, having to battle it out against skilled players takes the edge off the game.

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Before we reveal more about Warzone 2 SBMM, take a look at our guides showcasing our early predictions on the best Warzone 2 guns and all there is to know about the first Warzone 2 double XP event.

Is SBMM in Warzone 2?

Unless Infinity Ward and Activision state otherwise, SBMM is present in Warzone 2. This is good news for those that want a competitive match but bad if you want to drop in and have some fun. Casual players want the removal of SBMM to create lobbies of varied skill levels and the feature to appear in a ranked mode to ensure competitive matches take place.

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This makes plenty of sense but it's unlikely the developer will ensure such changes take place. If there are any changes to Warzone 2 SBMM, we'll update the guide with all the latest information.

What is SBMM?

SBMM, also known as skill-based matchmaking, is a matchmaking system used in Warzone 2 in order to match players with a similar level of skill. It creates relatively level lobbies which is entertaining for some that like a challenge in a bid to become the last player standing but hugely frustrating for those that don't have enough time to reach the skill of others.

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Developers use it instead of connection-based matchmaking, a feature some want returning to games to take the edge off the competitive nature of a match.

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Does Warzone 2 have ranked play?

Players are hoping Warzone 2 does feature a ranked playlist so players that prefer a competitive experience have a place where SBMM works the best. This also has the potential to entice casual players back into the standard battle royale modes meaning everyone gets an enjoyable experience.

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At the time of writing, there's no mention of Warzone 2 ranked play arriving in the game when it launches. For all the latest information on the mode, check out our hub with all the latest news, leaks, and rumours surrounding its release.

That's all there is to know about Warzone 2 SBMM so far. We'll update the guide with more information as it appears. In the meantime, check out our other guides containing our early thoughts on the best Warzone 2 sniper rifle and everything there is to know about the Warzone 2 map.