CouRage goes on Twitter rant about skill-based matchmaking in games
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When Jack “CouRage” Dunlop joined YouTube Gaming, many believed it would propel him to new heights. After all, he was joining an up and coming platform that was signing new streamers left and right. However, since joining YouTube, CouRage has stopped streaming every day, only going live a few times a week. This is a complete swap from when he was on Twitch and broadcasted live nearly every day. While the platform might have something to do with it, CouRage has revealed skill-based matchmaking is mostly to blame.

Skill-based matchmaking causing CouRage to rethink going live

CouRage’s rise to stardom began when he joined Twitch as a Call of Duty caster and wager match enthusiast. Gaining popularity for his infectious personality and hilarious commentary, CouRage quickly joined the ranks of Twitch’s finest streamers.

He moved on from Call of Duty to play Fortnite, amid other multiplayer titles. To this day, he still considers Fortnite his go-to game as do his circle of friends like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.

However, recently, Fortnite has been a bit of a slog for CouRage to play solo. Since skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) is in the game, the 100 Thieves creator is constantly matched up with high-level players. This has made the streamer extremely hesitant to go live when he has no one to hop on with.

As CouRage states, he’s built his career off playing multiplayer titles, particularly shooters. So, seeing as skill-based matchmaking takes a lot of the fun out of playing solo, the streamer states a change may be in the works. Though, it might be easier said than done.

This has been an issue with other streamers in the past. Many are afraid to veer away from the game that made them popular due to the possibility of losing viewers. However, it seems if CouRage wants to break out of the funk he’s currently in, this fear may have to be overcome.

The 100 Thieves star is a giant personality, so it shouldn’t be a problem for him to switch to a single-player game every now and then. He did manage to find massive success with last year’s Sea of Thieves and Grand Theft Auto 5 streams. Hopefully, CouRage is able to make the switch smoothly so we can see him go live more often.

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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 7+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.