Fortnite Players Not Happy With Cross-Platform, Skill-Based Matchmaking

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Fortnite players are reportedly furious with how the new matchmaking system works.
Fortnite players are reportedly furious with how the new matchmaking system works. Epic Games

Fortnite players are reportedly criticizing Epic Games after the studio made some significant changes to the game’s matchmaking system. Apparently, it no longer takes into account the platform on which players are competing when utilizing the skill-based matchmaking in creating lobbies.

Just recently, the studio announced that the game’s skill-based matchmaking would soon arrive via the v10.40 update. The goal is to let players join and compete in matches against others whose skill level is the same as theirs.

Apparently, this decision from Epic Games resulted in players going against opponents on different platforms. In other words, players from console and mobile are battling each other in the same lobby as those using the PC version. Unfortunately for the studio, the fans did not take it lightly.

In a post on Reddit, players discussed the update Epic Games brought, letting out their disappointment following the change in the matchmaking system. The catch, according to these players, is that the studio did not specify the change in the patch notes for the aforementioned update.

“This isn’t a glitch or anything,” wrote reddit user fuzzydoor. “Epic made solos cross-platform for all users since the addition of SBMM (Skill-based matchmaking). Not sure if it was on purpose or not, but it sucks for console and mobile users.”

What is more, players competing in the game’s weekly “Mobile Monday” tournament are not satisfied with the change. For them, matchmaking should only exist on a player’s respective platform.

One user was quoted saying, “So 30 FPS (frames-per-second) will play those with 120+ FPS, how is this fair? Every platform has its own advantages and disadvantages, and giving them their own servers was the most equal.”

Others even suggested that the cross-platform play in Fortnite forces them to stop playing. For them, this change will “quickly ruin this game.”

“This makes zero sense to me,” a Fortnite fan wrote. “Epic adds SBMM just to they can immediately put half the player base at a serious disadvantage? Ridiculous. The idea is that we should run into players of our skill level. How on earth is someone considered at my skill level if they are on a system with 1 milliseconds of input lag and 240 FPS? Cross-platform needs to be an opt-in decision. It makes absolutely no sense to me why they would force console to try and compete.”

As of this writing, Epic Games has yet to address these concerns from the community. It remains to be seen as to whether or not the studio will make any change to the new matchmaking system.

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