The introduction of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) was originally greeted warmly by the Fortnite community, but as time has gone on and games have got sweatier, many feel SBMM has taken all the fun out the game as even casual games take on the meta of an Arena match.
Epic seem to be listening to that section of the community that wants some of the fun back in the game, according to the usually reliable @FNBRLeaks SBMM has been removed from the Squad playlist.
SBMM has been removed in Squads.— Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks (@FNBRLeaks) May 5, 2020
While there has been no official confirmation it does seem that the feature is out the Squad playlist with Ali "SypherPK" Hassan - who had previously complained about it - stating in a recent video that his "contact" at Epic Games had confirmed its removal making the game mode "less sweaty". This will be great for when you want to play with your friends, complete the challenges and do some of the fun things dotted around the map.
However, the removal of SBMM isn't without its issues as SypherPK notes the new SBMM-less Squad playlist has a "big problem".
That problem is the suspected AI players, suppose to help new players get to grips with the game, the removal of SBMM seems to have made all Squad games have at least some of them.
"There is a lot of AI," SypherPK says as he quickly dispatches another "player". Adding, "you can tell when it's an AI, they play a certain way, they have weird names."
"It kinda needs to be addressed."
While there are improvements to be made, Epic have shown in the last few weeks that they are listening to the player base more, after being accused of not communicating decisions, they recently released their 2020 esport roadmap and have been bringing in changes that have been long requested.
Jack "CourageJD" Dunlop, probably said it best with this tweet:
Epic Games in the last two weeks:— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) May 6, 2020
-Nerfed Heavy Sniper
-Tweaked aim assist
-Removed SBMM from squads
-Began communicating better on Reddit
-Brought back tournament broadcasts
-Improved competitive roadmap
-Gave more transparency on decisions
Holy shit. Fortnite is turning around