SBMM Warzone Site Shut Down by Activision Following Cease and Desist
SBMM Warzone was an incredibly useful website for hardcore Warzone players, but sadly, it has been shut down. This comes courtesy of a cease-and-desist by Activision, requiring the website to be shut down by March 29th. The purpose of SBMM Warzone was to give players detailed stats on each other, but that is no longer going to be around. At least, for now. Activision insists that SBMM Warzone infringed on their copyright, and had to be shut down.
What’s The Beef?
SBMM Warzone lets you see the number of kills a player has, deaths, wins, and a variety of other stats. It lets you essentially rank the Warzone playerbase – but only players that have their profiles public. It was a terrific tool to let you know just how strong a player is in the game. It could have also possibly be used to see how unrealistic a player’s stats are if a cheater had a public profile.
This required the use of Call of Duty’s API, and that’s where Activision has an issue. According to Activision, SBMM Warzone had to be shut down due to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and failing to comply with GDPR. The creators of SBMM Warzone insist that they have no access to sensitive data though.
There doesn’t seem to be any hate by the SBMM Warzone team either. They made this statement on Twitter:
“We’ve met @Activision’s demand and have shut down our website. Your Warzone stats are no longer available. We still believe we can reach an agreement with Activision to provide you with the stats you love. Hey @Activision, let’s partner up.”
Some have said that it was thanks to SBMM Warzone monetizing this info, but a spokesperson for SBMM Warzone insists it was all due to privacy issues and nothing more. The SBMM Warzone team had already been petitioning to be listed as a Warzone Partner though. This would them operate a third-party site like theirs, potentially making this whole issue pointless. For now, the website is down, but the team’s petition has not stopped.
It sounds like Ben of SBMM Warzone badly wants to work with Activision as a partner. It’s been said he’s willing to rebrand and pay a commission for using their API, but Activision has yet to respond to any requests or concerns. We hope SBMM Warzone comes back, as it was a very popular tool and had a solid following.