A report has surfaced that claims competitive Call of Duty: Warzone players are utilizing a special router to get into easier lobbies for tournaments.
Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) in Call of Duty has been a hot topic for years. The vocal community is against the feature but developers clearly see a reason for keeping the matchmaking system in every new title.
Unfortunately for Warzone players, the feature has been steadily ramping up since the game’s release in March. Lobbies are getting tougher and players are noticing, as many high-profile creators call out Activision on social media.
However, it appears the SBMM has gotten so bad that competitive players are utilizing any method to avoid it. This apparently includes using a Netduma router to change regions and get into lobbies with less-talented players.
HOW DOES THE WARZONE LOBBY GLITCH WORK?
According to @ModernWarzone, players have been making the most of using a Netduma router to change which region you’re placed in, therefore allowing you to enter lobbies with players of lesser skill – referred to as bot lobbies. Even Warzone giants like Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff have spoken about this, meaning it might be more widespread than first thought. It has risen prominence as Warzone tournaments have also become more commonplace, suggesting there’s something rotten at the very core of the game’s competitive scene.
Netduma routers let players select whatever region they want, allowing them to jump into any server. It could be devastating for Warzone, however, take note that @ModernWarzone is looking into the issue and can’t guarantee the router exploit is actually running rife.Still, the account claims tournament sites are looking into this. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t look like there would be an easy way to figure out who’s been using the Warzone lobby glitch.
WARZONE LOBBY GLITCH: ARE THERE OTHER WORKAROUNDS?
Activision has a no-nonsense approach to bypassing SBMM, which is an idea it has repeatedly defended. Earlier this month, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag called out those who’ve been using “reverse boosting” to trick the SBMM AI. Devs took note of these concerns and started banning reverse boosters, with a slew of suspensions stopping those using the exploit. SBMM issues are prominent in both Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but with every new day, gamers are losing another way to get around matchmaking.
Despite the whole SBMM drama, Warzone is up there with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and Among Us in terms of 2020’s biggest games. Alongside Activision raking in a whopping $3 billion from Call of Duty – with Warzone contributing a large slice – we’ve seen pro organisations like 100 Thieves put forward their own Warzone teams. As it stands, there’s no official way of creating private lobbies, meaning we’re at the mercy of SBMM. Still, that hasn’t stopped there being calls for a complete overhaul of how matchmaking works.
Warzone players avoiding Skill-Based Matchmaking in competitive play
The competitive side of Warzone has really heated up since the summer. Huge esports organizations like 100 Thieves have signed players specifically for competing in tournaments on the game. While there’s no official scene yet, some real cash can be made by winning these tournaments.
However, since there’s no real private match feature yet, players are forced to go into regular lobbies and play against players who are close to their skill level (thanks to SBMM). Obviously, this creates some frustration among the competitors.
Up to this point, few viewers suspected that competitive players could avoid these kinds of lobbies. Now, a report has come to light that puts everything in doubt.
According to the well-respected Twitter account @ModernWarzone, competitors are using a special kind of router, Netduma, to change regions and get into easier lobbies.
The Netduma router allows you to simply ping whatever region you want to play in. As such, players can hop onto a server that they have no business playing on.
This is clearly a huge dilemma and although there’s no concrete evidence to support this claim right now, ModernWarzone states tournament sites are looking into this matter.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be an easy way to tell who is exploiting the Netduma router. While the lobbies could be a dead giveaway, most competitive players are so talented that it’s hard to gauge the skill level of their opponents.
It remains up in the air whether this issue will have a resolution or not. However, at least the report is out in the public now.