Name of Responsibility Warzone stat-tracking web site shuts down after stop and desist from Activision


A fan web site that tracks participant statistics in Name of Responsibility Warzone has shut down following a warning from Activision and its authorized representatives.

SBMM Warzone lets customers try a participant’s variety of kills, deaths, wins and different stats, and helps to rank different gamers in Warzone lobbies by talent, the objective being to assist players perceive who they’re up towards.

To do that, nevertheless, the creators use the Name of Responsibility API, which Activision argues violates its phrases of use and creates privateness considerations.

On March 22, the Belgium-based builders behind SBMM Warzone acquired a stop and desist from Activision, ordering for the web site to be shut down by March 29.

The location seems to be down and fewer than an hour in the past, the creators confirmed through Twitter that they had met Activision’s calls for and closed the positioning.

Within the authentic letter they acquired, verified by Eurogamer, Activision accused the positioning of infringing its copyright, violating the Pc Fraud and Abuse Act, and failing to adjust to GDPR.

Nevertheless, one of many web site’s creators informed Eurogamer that — whereas it used Warzone’s API — the one knowledge it may get hold of was that of gamers who set their profiles to public and shared their PSN, Xbox or Battle.web username.

“We get nothing delicate, and solely kind public gamers,” spokesperson Ben stated.

There was hypothesis that Activision’s calls for had been partly pushed by considerations spherical SBMM Warzone monetising its viewers, each by way of adverts and the sale of premium memberships for as much as $6 to entry extra options.

Nevertheless, Ben insisted this was not the case, emphasising that each one correspondence from Activision’s legal professionals centered round privateness points.

The group behind SBMM Warzone has been campaigning for Activision to grant them companion standing, which has enabled related third-party websites to run. Whereas the positioning has been shut down, the marketing campaign continues.

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