Former COD Player Speaks Out on SBMM, Former Sledgehammer Boss Answers It’s All on Activision

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While we’ve already posted about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s SBMM (Skill-Based Matchmaking) woes, there’s still no official explanation from Infinity Ward or Activision. Well, if a recent tweet from a former head of studio is to be believed, it’s Activision pulling all the strings.

Over on Twitter, former COD pro player Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag spoke out on Call of Duty SBMM, and how he doesn’t understand why studios just don’t create a ranking system mode for the game/franchise.

I’ll never understand why Call of Duty goes through all of the trouble to implement skill based matchmaking but won’t add a ranking system. If you’re going to match me up against better players, why can’t I have a rank to be proud of and work towards?

As these things go, it was directed to someone familiar with these things, and that’s none other than former Sledgehammer Games boss Michael Condrey, who worked on Call of Duty: WWII. Condrey is now the president of 31st Union, a 2K Games owned studio based in California. Given he’s no longer employed by Activision, Condrey now has more freedom to talk about these things, and it seems, based on his tweet, the blame is all on Activision.

Ask ATVI. Never directed into COD from me. Analytics, SB match making, monetization, dedi server coverage, etc all driven from ATVI central tech and production teams. Fustratingly little influence on those corp decisions despite their impact on our games and the COD community.

Given Condrey’s statement, this could very well be the same reason why Infinity Ward has refused to comment on it at all. I mean, they obviously can’t blame their parent company for one of the biggest gripes players have with their game, right?

While I don’t approve of SBMM or how strict it is in Modern Warfare, I kinda understand why Activision is doing it though. I mean , it should benefit new players and rope them in, which in turn, equals more revenue. Hopefully, there’s a good middle-ground players can be OK with soon.

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