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A Private Match is a player-defined variant of standard Game Modes.


Private matches essentially allow friends to play regular variants of the standard in-game multiplayer game modes. They are primarily used for custom games with special rules that would be difficult or impossible to do in public matches.


Original Game SettingsEdit

In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, settings such as game type, score limit, and time limit could be set, as well as Hardcore Mode. Players could also set health, respawn options, Headshots Only Mode, and, in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Old School Mode. These options can all be edited for split screen as well. Players earn no XP from private matches. However, there was a glitch which gave the player XP in Private match via hacking.

Call of Duty: Black Ops SettingsEdit

In Call of Duty: Black Ops there is a much greater level of customization. The lobby host is able to customize the effects of perks, and can also assign default classes that must be used. All weapons, perks and equipment are unlocked for use in the custom classes. Killstreaks are also customizable by the host. Customized gametypes can be saved and placed into a players' File Share. Like private matches in previous Call of Duty titles, no XP or COD Points are gained or lost from playing in a private match. Up to 18 players may participate in a single Private Match. Players also have the ability to save custom gamemodes into the community, where other players can browse and select matches that deem interesting to them. Also, certain community game modes allow the player to play Wager Match Private matches, which is normally not possible.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 SettingsEdit

Private Matches return in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It offers even more customization than in Call of Duty: Black Ops, with various custom gamemodes such as Gun game and Infected.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II SettingsEdit

In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Private Matches appear under the name Custom Games. These settings are available in Multiplayer similar to the previous games, and now includes custom settings for Zombies mode.


  • Support for up to 18 players on any Multiplayer map.
  • Choose and customize default game modes, which also includes Party Games.
  • Setup time limit, score limit, amount of teams, and toggle hardcore mode.
  • Adjust many other options, including health, team killing rules, and headshots only.
  • Ability to restrict Custom classes and adjust how many Allocation points are available.
  • Add Bots and adjust their skill level.
  • Toggle if the game will be recorded for Theater mode.


  • Adjust Difficulty between Original and Easy.
  • Choose starting round, can be set to 1, 5, 10, 15, or 20.
  • Toggle Magic on or off.
  • Set the game to Headshots Only.

Call of Duty: Ghosts SettingsEdit

In Call of Duty: Ghostsit appears under its normal name of Private Match in Multiplayer, but in Extinction, it is called Custom Games. The multiplayer settings are similar to previous games, and the Extinction settings are similar to the Zombies mode settings from Call of Duty: Black Ops II.


  • Support for up to 18 players on current-generation consoles/PC and 12 players on last-generation consoles.
  • Choose from most game modes in the public playlists and some extra ones.
  • Choose any non-DLC map or a DLC map from a pack the player owns.
  • Customize the game mode in different ways, including the score limit, time limit, custom class restrictions, default classes, and more.
  • Add bots and adjust the skill level for both teams in team-based game modes.
  • Enable or disable an intermission between matches.


  • Support for 1-4 players.
  • Choose between normal Extinction mode or Chaos Mode.
  • Play on Point of Contact or a DLC map from a pack the player owns.
  • Change the difficulty level to Casual, Normal or Hardcore.

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