What do Scrims Mean in Gaming?

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Are you new to esports and competitive online gaming? Or do you just follow streamers on Twitch and YouTube?


If yes, then I’m sure that you probably have heard the term “scrims” or someone may have asked you to scrim against them.

In esports, scrims are a set or series of matches performed between two teams to simulate a competitive tournament match environment without losing points for losing the match.

Scrims are used to identify a team’s faults against equally competitive opponents in a risk-free alternative to competitive games.

In today’s article, I’m going to explain everything that you need to know about what is a scrim or what do scrims mean in gaming.

Now, let’s take a look at what scrims actually mean in the gaming world.


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What is a Scrim And What do Scrims Mean In Gaming?

A scrim is a short form of “scrimmage” and it is used outside of esports, for example, practice games in football. In addition, scrim can also mean an argument, struggle, or confusion.

But that’s beside the point, scrims in esports and gaming are nothing more than practice matches.

In these practice matches, the teams usually practice the rulings and formats of the upcoming tournaments.

Ideally, teams would contact another team with the same skill level as their own (scrims can happen with any level of the team, but it is best to have another team of the same skill level).


This team may or may not be one that participates in the same tournament that they do already.

Team scrims have a simple purpose; it allows the team to practice competing in a tournament match without the penalties associated with losing.

By doing this both teams, the winners as well as the losers can determine their weaknesses while being under the pressure of facing another skilled team.

Although scrims are conducted in any game, some of the most popular scrim games are Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), Overwatch, PUBG, Dota 2, Rainbow 6, League of Legends, Rocket League, and so on.

What Are Pro Scrims?


Between a scrim and a pro scrim, there is not much difference.


In contrast to scrims, where anyone can organize and play a game, pro scrims are games in which professional teams from renowned esports organizations compete against each other.

Therefore, if you see Ninjas in Pyjamas playing against Virtus.pro, you can call that a pro scrim.

Basically, professional scrims refer to teams and players practicing against one another. Prior to playing on ladders, ranked, leagues, or tournaments, they usually practice this first.

Therefore, the purpose of pro scrims is to provide competitive and professional players with a way to practice with fellow competitive players and improve their skills and teamwork before they participate in ladder matches.

How Do I Join Scrims Or Pro Scrims?

Some online games make it easy for you to set up a match against another player, while others are more difficult. In games like CS:GO, Overwatch, and so on, a team will just need to join the same lobby to play a private game. 


On the other hand, In Fortnite and PUBG,  it’s more difficult since there is no option to create custom lobbies or private matches (For example, custom matches require a custom matchmaking key in Fortnite).

If you play Battle Royale games, then you can do this by joining Pro Discords, Pro Scrim Discords, or just Scrim Discords.

On these Discord servers, people will gather and try to join the game at the same time. (also known as snipes, these can be solo, duo, or squad).

In most cases, this does not put everyone in the same game, but it will put a lot of people in the same game, and it is the most effective method until private matches are implemented.

Closing Phrase

As you can see, I’ve provided the knowledge about what scrims mean in gaming and I hope you have gained a deeper understanding of scrims from this article. 


If you have any questions or anything you would like to share regarding this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading this article!

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