I guess that you get a win if you win (especially in free-for-all mode).

But if you join a game, any kind of game, and your team loses, does that count as a loss?

If your team wins, does that count as a win?

  • I believe that is what happens. Sep 2 '10 at 1:54
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    I don't understand why first-person-shooter tag has been added. It's not related to the question. It won't help someone looking about first person shooter game. I appreciate that someone has corrected by bad english. Thank you!
    – Luc M
    Sep 2 '10 at 16:35
  • Because the game it's about, Modern Warfare 2, is a first person shooter.
    – user2974
    Sep 2 '10 at 17:54
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    @Powerlord: Does that mean that EVERY question tagged with modern-warfare-2, should also be tagged with first-person-shooter? That's redundant.
    – Carlo
    Sep 2 '10 at 18:25
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    I agree with Carlo, this is an instance where it's specific to Modern Warfare, and not it's FPS attributes. Sep 2 '10 at 19:27

Yup, if you join a game at the last second (or any time up to then) and the team wins you win, if they lose you lose.

It's happened to me a bunch of times where I'll load in, and go right to the scoreboard with a loss.

  • I believe that's incorrect.
    – Carlo
    Sep 2 '10 at 18:22
  • Well, then how about providing that proof? I've seen it happen to myself and my friends on several instances. Sep 2 '10 at 18:27
  • Can't provide the proof. Please try it yourself. Check your win loss ratio and do absolutely nothing in a game that's already started. It won't affect your W/L.
    – Carlo
    Sep 2 '10 at 18:38
  • This is not entirely accurate, but even after 10's of thousands of games, I can't claim to know the exact mechanic. It seems like it doesn't impact your streak, for one. Also, if you join a game late and don't spawn, but instead let it time out, that seems to save you from the loss.
    – DCShannon
    Dec 23 '15 at 0:36

If you join in the middle of game, and do nothing (no kills, no deaths) you don't get neither a win or a loss. If you kill someone or get killed THEN you'll earn the win or lost.


When you join the game has nothing to do with whether you get a W or an L. If you manage to go an entire game without dying or getting a single kill you do not get a W or an L added to your record. However, this 0-0 K-D gets you the Accolade AFK (Zero Kills, Zero Deaths).

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