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Activision Shuts Down Call Of Duty Statistics Website

Recently, Activision’s lawyers issued an order for SBMM Warzone, a Call of Duty stat-tracking website, to shut down. The website was officially taken offline on Monday, March 29th.

According to the creators of SBMM Warzone, the website received a letter stating that they violated Activision’s API terms of use and infringed on Activision’s copyright. The website attempted to connect with Activision through Twitter but was unsuccessful.

According to PC Gamer, “the SBMM Warzone website aggregates data from public profiles, as well as from players that opt in to the site, in order to aggregate and understand the opaque rating system that Call of Duty uses for its skill-based matchmaking (SBMM).  Warzone’s skill-based matchmaking has come under fire from the community in recent months, with some players even deliberately dying in order to play in lower-ranked, more casual games.

SBMM Warzone recorded statistics for numerous C.O.D. games, mostly Call of Duty: Warzone. The website creators have promised refunds to customers now that the site has been shut down.

The Profit‘s Take:

This is just another example of the absolute control that publishers exert over their games. Unlike traditional sports, esports are fundamentally walled gardens. It’s unfortunate to see Activision Blizzard cracking down on a community site, and if they had any sense, they would be encouraging these things, but it’s not surprising.

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