Popular stat tracking site SBMM Warzone has been shut down and you can no longer use its features, but there are a few alternatives out there that might do the job.
Skill-based matchmaking, or SBMM for short, has long been a hot topic in multiplayer games. In theory, it should make things fair and give everyone a level playing field, but players don’t often see it that way.
Back in early January, the Warzone community was split as tools became available for PC players. At first, companion apps allowed users to see the K/D of other players in the lobby, letting you pick and choose games.
Some of these apps and websites were designed to expose cheaters but were constantly changing. As a result, SBMM Warzone became the most used site around to track stats, as you could see the standard of the lobby you’d gone up against.
Why did SBMM Warzone shut down?
However, as of March 29, the site has had to stop tracking stats due to Activision. According to SBMM Warzone owners, Activision’s lawyers reached out and asked them to cease the stat tracking features.
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This is because, when you signed up for SBMM Warzone, you had to link your Xbox Live, Battle.Net, or PlayStation account to do so, and the site could then use Activision’s API (Application Programming Interface) to track stats.
However, only Activision partners are allowed to use the API, which put SBMM Warzone under legal threats, even though the site owners said they’d reached out to the game developers and publishers in a bid to strike up a partnership.
We’ve previously stated that we would be very willing to understand the requirements for working with Activision and the improvements/modifications required to become Partners. We are ready to start at anytime. [5/7] ⬇️
— SBMM Warzone (@SbmmWarzone) March 26, 2021
SBMM Warzone alternatives
As of writing, SBMM Warzone is still online but you can’t use any of the stat-tracking features, so players are looking for alternatives. Thankfully for those players, there are some around.
Tracker.GG doesn’t have the lobby tracking abilities that SBMM Warzone did, but it’s partnered with Activision so you don’t have the risk of it being shut down.
There’s also the original third-party website, COD Stats. That still works and can be used in-game for PC players. Though, other platforms can use it to track stats as well. You can also use the official CoD Companion app on mobile.
- COD Stats
- Call of Duty Companion app (Mobile)
As SBMM Warzone’s owners are asking for help from the community to get Activision on board, the site could return to its former glory.
However, for now, you’ll have to go elsewhere to get your stat-tracking fix.