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Treyarch faces backlash for disabling stat tracking in Black Ops 4

Published: 3/Mar/2019 12:51 Updated: 3/Mar/2019 13:08

by Joe Craven

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Treyarch, popular developers behind Call of Duty’s Black Ops series, are facing community anger at what appears to be a decision to prevent players tracking their stats so easily.

Recent changes have seen avid players of the best-selling FPS franchise unable to access their stats on third party stat tracking sites, such as CoD Tracker.

These issues occurred after changes were apparently made to Call of Duty’s API, restricting the availability of player data. People trying to access this data, who do not have permission, are now met with a “not permitted” error message. 

codtrackerPlayers used stat tracking websites to see their in-game Black Ops 4 statistics. (via CoD Tracker)

One reddit user, ‘BMilla9’, posted a ‘Stat Tracker shutdown rant’, in which they aired frustration at unkept promises from Treyarch, as well as unwelcome adjustments to the official companion app, which makes stat tracking less in-depth.

LEADERBOARD PETITION • Treyarch and ATVI, If you want everything in your community to be ponies and rainbows then you’ve lost what brought us all to your game. (Stat Tracker shutdown rant) from r/Blackops4

These issues occurred after changes were apparently made to Call of Duty’s API, restricting the availability of player data. People trying to access this data, who do not have permission, are now met with a “not permitted” error message. 

However, not only were third party sites affected, as the Call of Duty companion app was rendered unusable for stat tracking on March 1, after the changes were made. 

It is also unclear whether the decision to alter the availability of this data came from Treyarch or Activision, but, as the developers of Black Ops 4, it is Treyarch who seem to be receiving the majority of criticism for this change.

The tracker community has since been able to develop a workaround, but it is not clear how long this will last and whether Activision or Treyarch will make further adjustments to make this workaround ineffective.

Restrictions to API are necessary to avoid third party abuse, but many people seem to believe this is a step too far, and has negatively impacted the overall community.

Treyarch and Activision are yet to respond to these community complaints, so it remains unclear how this situation will develop.

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.


  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy