The rank emblem signifies your skill in the game.
It is a reflection of your average highest rounds and amount of downs. Your total games played and total play time do not affect the rank emblem. You can not lose your rank emblem for not playing. You can only derank your emblem by going down too often on lower rounds. Being deranked for leaving games on low rounds (with no downs) is unconfirmed. To rank up your emblem,
you must consistantly reach high rounds 30-40 or higher while not dying too much in the earlier rounds. Downs in lower rounds count against you more than downs in higher rounds. KILLS/DOWN RATIO
Your Kills/Down ratio and all other stats will not affect the rank emblem. This was a common misconception. Players have been able to rank up with 0 kills and high rounds alone while earning little downs.WHERE CAN I RANK UP AT?
You can rank up in Classic/Survival games but you cannot rank up in Grief/Turned game modes. Classic games are Tranzit, Die Rise, Mob of the Dead, and Buried. Survival games are Bus Depot, Town, and Farm. All Classic/Survival games fall under CO-OP STATS and all Grief/Turned fall under VERSUS STATS. CAREER STATS is a combination of both to show your overall stats, and that goes the same for what the stats that are on the leaderboards.
Players have been able to reach the Shotgun rank from playing Custom Games alone. A custom game will records all stats except your highest round achieved which will not be placed on the leaderboard. It does not make a difference toward the rank whether you play solo or co-op. The rank emblem should update right away after the game ends if you did rank up.Press your right arrow key at the main menu after clicking Online if you wish to see all your stats and an enlarged rank emblem.HOW DO I KEEP MY RANK?
Play well every game of course. The main thing is not to go down in early rounds. They count against you more. If you feel like you're playing badly every game, hit up a solo game on your favorite map and try to go to rounds 30-40+ with very little downs. If you can do it successfully multiple times, this will pad your stats and prevent you from getting deranked in a single bad game.CAN I RESET MY STATS?
No, there is no *official* way of resetting your stats on Zombies, only Multiplayer. You will have to make a new Steam account if you want to start fresh. My advice is to work on the account you currently have so if you ever rank up, you will be more proud of it. Do not cheat in hopes of being reset, you will also be permanently banned.