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Ninja claims SBMM “makes sense” amid Black Ops Cold War controversy

Published: 20/Sep/2020 12:24

by Andy Williams

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Streaming megastar, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, has given his two cents on the SBMM ordeal, claiming that it favors casuals more than higher level players.

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is a topic which emerges every once in a while and has the power to divide an entire community. On the one hand, players want to be pitted against equally skilled players, to keep the game more engaging. But on the other, some prefer playing casually, and would rather ‘pub-stomp’ during their gaming stint.

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And with players trying their hand at the Black Ops Cold War Alpha, the controversial debate surrounding SBMM has surfaced once again. Call of Duty pros have been vocal in their distaste for its inclusion, stating that it should be included in a dedicated ranked mode.

This, for the most part, is the crux of Ninja’s argument. Blevins reckons that SBMM is necessary, but could be offset by incentivizing a ranked mode — therefore making players more inclined to play against people of an equal skill level.

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Ninja in his streaming setup.
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Ninja has given his opinion on SBMM, which empathizes with both camps.

Ninja: Ranked could solve SBMM issues

During a September 19 Tweet, Ninja gave his “hot take” on SBMM. To begin with, the former Halo pro stated that casuals would be the party benefiting the most from SBMM. “The people who are going to be benefiting from [SBMM], are the casuals — which is the majority of the population; the majority of the people playing the game.”

On the other side of the coin, Ninja argues that its inclusion is arduous for content creators, whose ‘skill-ceiling’ limits their playing potential. According to Blevins, this is an issue because they end up being stuck within a group of equally skilled players and can no longer ‘pub-stomp’ — which isn’t favorable for the casual, who is on the receiving end of this.

In terms of a potential solution, Ninja thinks developers should strive for a “balance,” with ranked potentially providing a way out. “An incredible ranking system that actually works and rewards people for playing it and being good at it, might deter those people from playing regulars and ‘norms’ and then sh*ting on a bunch of people and pub-stomping.”

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Ninja went on to agree that he doesn’t necessarily think it’s a “good thing” but it “totally makes sense” since it benefits the average gamer, since it avoids being matched up with players at a much higher level.

A Treyarch developer has explained how SBMM is just one piece of the puzzle that represents online matchmaking, stating that there are many “tunable” parameters which impact how individuals are pitted against one another.

While SBMM is present in almost all online games with a competitive component, Ninja’s concept of really honing in on rewarding players by playing a ranked mode might just be a step in the right direction towards settling the ongoing debate.

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xQc calls out Forsen after setting his record Minecraft speedrun time

Published: 14/Oct/2020 23:11

by Brent Koepp

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Popular Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel lost it after achieving an incredible Minecraft speedrun time. The former Overwatch pro hilariously called out fellow streamer Sebastian ‘Forsen’ Fors, and challenged him to beat his record.

For many, xQc has become the face of Twitch over the last two years. The former Overwatch pro is one of the most followed channels on the platform, and consistently pulls in 30-40k viewers each time he goes live.

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During his October 13 broadcast, the Canadian exploded in excitement after setting a new personal record when beating Minecraft. Celebrating, the 24-year-old called out Forsen and dared him to pass his speedrun time.

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The Twitch streamer celebrated beating Minecraft in a record time.

xQc challenges Forsen to beat his Minecraft speedrun time

Despite releasing over a decade ago, Minecraft continues to be one of the most popular games on Twitch. In 2020, streamers like xQc have been trying to beat the game in record time in front of viewers.

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After months of previous attempts – some that ended in disaster – the stars finally aligned for Lengyel on October 13 when he managed to complete the title incredibly fast.

Using the Nether bed trick to slay the Ender Dragon quickly, the former Overwatch pro was able to take down the final boss and achieve a speedrun record of just 33 minutes. “Holy s**t!” he screamed as beast died.

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Elated, the star exploded in celebration over his new time. “33! Beat that s**t!” He then hilariously called out Forsen who has also been speedrunning Minecraft. “Beat it, Forsen! Beat it! 33:49! Nearly sub-30!” he said, slamming his fists on the desk.

xQc challenged the fellow Twitch personality to attempt to beat his record. “Beat that, baby! Forget it. Forget variety, Forsen. It will take months to beat that s**t!  Forget the variety streams, dude.”

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According to Lengyel, everything seemed to just click and fall into place during his latest Minecraft run. He was even able to achieve a “perfect” kill of the Ender Dragon using his strategy, which he had been practicing in the past month.

On October 14, Forsen responded to the challenge simply stating, “Alright. Alright. Let’s do it!” Only time will tell if the Swede will be able to match or beat xQc’s incredible 33-minute time, but the rivalry has been entertaining to say the least.

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