Apex Legends' skill-based matchmaking, commonly abbreviated as SBMM, has been quite the topic throughout Season 3, but Respawn are now promising there will be some changes soon. They did, however, refute the claims it's a recently added feature.
At some point in Apex Legends' third season, players started massively complaining about Respawn's SBMM implementation.
The perceived sudden sweatiness of casual matches led to a widespread belief that it's a new addition, but Respawn claim this is not true.
In the Season 4: Assimilation patch notes, they wrote, "With this patch we'll be pushing out changes globally to matchmaking that we’ve been testing in specific regions."
Respawn didn't exactly provide any concrete details on what these changes entail, so we can only hope it will make things better. Not that we expect the Twitter/Reddit SBMM-spam brigade to stop their cries, but still.
Apex Legends' developer is well aware this is a very sensitive issue though, and they wrote, " We're well aware that this has been a contentious topic among players and there’s been some misinformation out there so just to be clear: skill-based matchmaking has existed in Apex since launch and we’ll be continuing to improve it over time."
If you somehow missed the entire SBMM debate, many players complained that playing ranked matches was easier than casual play, especially with friends that may not be at your skill level.
Another Apex Legends camp quickly formed accusing them of just wanting to pubstomp, i.e. rip be matched with inexperienced players in order to feel better about themselves, and you can already see how that debate ended. Yeah, it never did.
In the meantime, SBMM has gained some attention from prominent players and streamers, with Aceu and Dizzy being the ones to publicly state that Respawn are ruining Apex Legends with the SBMM algorithm. Well, we guess we'll see whether the new changes are for the better.
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