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Activision orders Call of Duty stats site SBMM Warzone to shut down

A popular statistics tracking website Call of Duty: Warzone received an order from lawyers representing Activision telling the Belgian website to close next Monday, March 29. The creators of the site announced the imminent closure in a Tweet desperately asking Activision to find a solution.

According to the creators of SBMM Warzone, the letter states that SBMM Warzone violates Activision’s API terms of use and infringes Activision’s copyright, among other violations of privacy laws in the European Union and the United States. Activision’s complaint appears primarily to be a concern about a potential breach of privacy.

The creators contacted Activision to try to find a solution or start a partnership, but received no response. “We want to be able to talk to them. We believe that we can bring much more to this community,” one of the website’s creators told Eurogamer.

The SBMM Warzone website aggregates data from public profiles, as well as players who choose to enter the website, 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 been attacked by the community in recent months, with some players even deliberately dying to play in more casual, lower-rated games.

Players have been very attracted to the site, which has ads and a premium subscription program between $ 4 and $ 6 a month. The premium subscription unlocks additional aggregation for a player’s data, such as saving the player’s previous game statistics and Gulag’s winning ratio. Monetization was not mentioned in Activision’s complaint letter.

Several prominent members of the Call of Duty community responded to SBMM Warzone’s tweets expressing surprise or dismay at Activision’s decision, but a general attitude of resignation reigns in the responses. At first glance, the Call of Duty community does not seem optimistic that Activision will resolve this situation in a way that pleases the creators of SBMM Warzone – or the community.

The creators of SBMM Warzone promised refunds to customers if and when their website was shut down.

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