SBMM Warzone Site Taken Down: Activision has demanded the creators of SBMM Warzone to shut down the site that was popular for tracking skill levels in Call of Duty. SBMM Warzone is a website that allows players to choose to go through information about player data and skill-based ranking. On top of that, it allows other player stats such as wins and kills ratios.
WHAT IS THE BIG ISSUE
Warzone was a global success for Activation during the global pandemic but lacked one key thing for the top players looking for a competitive lobby. Like the other games similar to Warzone, players were put up against other players regardless of how high the person was ranked. The Belgium-based creators had an idea to change that.
Skilled-based matching was the discussion in the Call of Duty community for Warzone as many of the other Call of Duty games offer skill-based matching. The popular battle royale lacked a legitimate ranked mode; however, it seems to have some degree of SBMM to maintain skill levels in players’ lobbies with the player pool being randomized.
Activision sent SBMM a cease notice to a Call of Duty Warzone skill-based matchmaking SBMM website and Activision gave the company a notice to shut down by March 29th due to privacy concerns.
It was a system many players enjoyed using at the time before Activision sent them a warning. For any public account, the website allowed players to check the skill level of each lobby they played in, ranking lobbies from Bronze to Diamond based on K/D (kill-death) ratios.
“Activision’s lawyers reached out and asked us to shut down sbmmwarzone.com before next Monday,” says a statement on the website. “We’ve tried to reach them multiple times to become Partners and keep this website alive.
Now is our last shot. We need you!”. This was stated a couple of days before the deadline which decided the fate of the website.
SBMM was looking for ways to respond to the possible shutdown at the time. The company asked its followers to help overturn the complaint that could hurt the company through legal action. SBMM insisted that the players must make their profiles and Gamertags public so it does not become a privacy breach issue.
SBMM tried to strike a deal with Activision’s demands by suggesting the idea of changing their name so they do not face a lawsuit against the gaming giant. There was a case where Activision had an issue with the fact SBMM Warzone monetizes a player’s data via its website.
SBMM Warzone runs advertisements and sells a premium membership of between four to six dollars, which unlocks extra data such as the last 100 games worth of progress, which includes the Gulag win ratio over time.
“We’ve met Activision’s demand and have shut down our website,” the team behind SBMMWarzone.com tweeted. “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.” Even after the shutdown, SBMM hopes to extend a partnership with Activision to secure the game mode in which many ranked players enjoyed.