Throughout last year, many rumors and theories surfaced online suggesting that Epic Games would be adding Fortnite skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). Although, the feature was never to be seen, and technically, to this day, it still isn’t. However, with recent speculation, the antithesis may be implied.
Fortnite Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM)
Epic Games has recently released a new update for Fortnite Battle Royale. Whilst a host of changes were introduced, there was no mention of the arrival of Fortnite SBMM. Although, that’s not to say it hasn’t just been secretly added.
Many content creators are predicting that Epic Games has secretly implemented SBMM into Fortnite Battle Royale with the latest update. CounterLogic Gaming’s ‘Wish’, among others, such as ‘Ali-A’, were the first to tweet out their suspicions.
There’s been a hidden matchmaking update in the latest patch. Every solo i play today has been a scrim lobby.
I remember one company that did this with their game and killed it.
You guys ready for the same? @FortniteGame ?
— CLG Wish (@WishYaLuckk) January 9, 2019
Whilst Ali-A doesn’t explicitly say that he believes skill-based matchmaking has been added, he does however, reference that players are much better at the moment.
Fortnite lobbies feeling like $1,000,000 tournaments with how people play atm ?
— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) January 3, 2019
By no means does this confirm that Fortnite skill-based matchmaking has been added. Without any official word from Epic Games themselves, it seems very out of the ordinary to just implement SBMM without any announcement. On the other hand however, it seems that high-level content creators are encountering significantly better players more often.
Interestingly, back in February of 2018, Epic announced that they would be taking the addition of SBMM into “consideration”. Yet, the feature was never officially added. Clearly, Epic has kept an eye on Skill Based Matchmaking for quite a while.
The opinions on Fortnite skill-based matchmaking are extremely diverse. Obviously, those not so good at the game are in favor of the idea, whereas the majority of very talented players are against it. Whilst the system would help out beginners quite significantly, it would also task most content creators with harder opponents, leaving them to approach games with a passive mindset. As a result, their gameplay wouldn’t be as entertaining for their audience.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this is just a bizarre coincidence, or has Epic Games added Fortnite skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) and are keeping it under wraps?