SBMM in Fortnite has always been a hot topic of discussion with the community, with some thinking it's good, and others saying it's bad and possibly the worst thing ever. But what is SBMM in Fortnite? Here's our guide to skill-based matchmaking in Fortnite and what SBMM means to you, the player looking to enjoy the game and the rest of the community looking to get those Victory Royales too.
What is SBMM in Fortnite?
SBMM in Fortnite is skill-based matchmaking. This means looking at your player skill level and matching up with other players with similar skills.
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Your SBMM rank in Fortnite is different from your public rank, which is just how much XP you have earned by playing. While this level can affect SBMM, as more experienced players are more likely to be better, it's not the only thing that affects skill-based matchmaking.
Like other games, Fortnite looks at a player's average stats to figure out how good they are at the game. If you average a kill load per game, you will start getting matched with players who have also scored a kill load. If you die more often than you kill an enemy, you will start being matched with other players who have died more than they have killed.
This is meant to match good players with other good players and poorer performing players with other poorer performing players. Epic Games, like others, probably believes this continues to entertain players.
However, the downside to SBMM is that connection quality can become less of a priority, with players being matched by skill level instead of a good connection. In some games that use SBMM, lag can become a big problem.
Another reason SBMM can be viewed as bad in Fortnite is that good players will start getting fewer kills, as they are less likely to run into "bad players" in lobbies.