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(Updated) Call of Duty API changes kill third party statistic tracking websites and services

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The Activision Support Team has responded to a post on Reddit detailing the reasoning behind the API changes. This is a temporary measure set in place while an improved API flow is rolled out.

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Recent changes to the Call of Duty API have essentially rendered third party statistic tracking sites such as The Tracker Network useless due to the lack of access to player data. Activision’s official Call of Duty Companion App is also affected by these changes and is currently unusable until an update is released.

As of March 1, 2019 – the Call of Duty API requires authentication and enforces a strict rate limit for all requests. Prior to these changes, the API was accessible without authentication and did not have any impractical rate limits.

While the API is not documented for public use, it is exposed via the My Call of Duty website and Call of Duty Companion App. Because of this, the new requirements for its use are unknown to the public.

Developers are now greeted with a “Not permitted” error message upon requesting data from API endpoints which once stood.

The Tracker Network took to Twitter to announce that their site functionality will be entirely diminished until a fix is found.

Through a collaborative effort, The Tracker Network has since implemented a temporary solution. Unfortunately, we cannot disclose the method for all developers to use due to fear of more restrictions being put in place.

The Tracker Network provided CharlieINTEL the following statement…

For years the COD community has continually expressed an interest in having open access to data. We believe giving players the power to improve their game through data benefits the community, and I think the amount of support pouring in is proof that the community agrees. This isn’t new thinking, and we have seen several developers in the past make this a reality. We hope Activision/Treyarch will reach out and support the community, because without their support, we and sites like ours will be forced to shut down.

While the issue may appear to end there, many fans are upset with these events as they feel that player data availability has significantly lessened in recent Call of Duty titles.

At the time of writing, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does not feature in-game Leaderboards or Combat Records despite being set to go live “next week”, in October of 2018.

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

While certain restrictions are necessary to prevent API abuse, it’s unfortunate to see such a powerful service be placed on lock-down.

The Call of Duty API also allows developers to utilize features such as the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system in Black Ops 4 Zombies. Treyarch’s Jason Blundell acknowledged this feature’s benefits for third party services at the Black Ops 4 reveal.

Activision has yet to provide an official statement or acknowledgement of this issue.

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Warzone players call for devs to add permanent Rebirth Island playlists

Rebirth Island has become a popular map for Warzone players, but the community is calling for permanent playlists like Verdansk.

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Rebirth Island is one of the maps Call of Duty: Warzone can battle on, but players have begun to call for the developers of the battle royale to make permanent playlists for the popular map.

The integration between Black Ops Cold War and Warzone saw Rebirth Island become a playable map for the Call of Duty battle royale.

It has become a popular pick for players as of late, as many community members enjoy Rebirth Island’s faster pace and action-packed nature.

However, a major point of frustration for players has been the lack of permanent playlists for Rebirth Island, as the game’s developers consistently change the available playlists instead of having a static set in the same way that Verdansk does.

The discussion around the desire for Raven Software to implement permanent playlists to Warzone for Rebirth Island was thrust into the spotlight when the most recent playlist update for the battle royale took away Resurgence Quads and replaced it with Resurgence Trios.

Community member LegionofGrixis took to the official subreddit for Warzone and started a thread where they stated their frustration over the fact that the developers constantly change the Rebirth Island playlists and how Trios are less favored by many Warzone players compared to Quads.

This sentiment was shared by popular Warzone content creator JGOD who had a simple statement on the topic.

There is no doubt that players who primarily play on Rebirth Island would be excited to see a permanent set of playlists that do not ever change be added to the Black Ops Cold War map.

It remains to be seen if the developers of the Call of Duty battle royale will ever implement this feature, but we will be sure to inform you and update this piece if permanent playlists are added to the Rebirth Island map for Warzone.

For more Warzone, check out the best loadout you should be suing for the powerful Fara 83 Assault Rifle, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch Studios

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Is a GTA Online ban wave coming in July 2021?

Reports of a potential GTA Online ban wave coming in July 2021 has become a major point of discussion in the popular game’s community recently.

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GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

One of the major topics currently taking the spotlight in the world of GTA Online is a potential ban wave that may be taking place in July 2021.

There has been plenty of excitement in the GTA Online community recently with the release of the Los Santos Tuners update, which brought a whole new set of cars and other exciting pieces of content for players to enjoy.

While the Los Santos Tuners update has injected plenty of excitement into the community, recent reports of a massive GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 have plenty of players curious about whether or not it will happen and what players it could be potentially targeting.

TA Online Ban Wave July 2021

GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

According to a report by DualSHOCKERS, rumors of a GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 started thanks to videos circulating on TikTok.

These rumors have stated that players who utilized frozen money, save wizard, or car duplication glitch exploits will be targeted by this rumored massive wave of bans by Rockstar Games.

However, Rockstar Games has not made any official announcements regarding a potential GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021.

There have been plenty of false rumors spread around on TikTok in the video game community, so it would not be surprising to see that the rumors of a GTA Online ban wave happening in July 2021 be confirmed to be false in the near future.

However, the exploits that these rumors have focused on do fall under what Rockstar Games has stated it will ban players for when it comes to abusing game mechanics, so it would not be unfathomable that players who have utilized these exploits could be targeted by this rumored wave of bans.

As with any piece of unconfirmed information, it is important to take this rumor of a ban wave happening in July 2021 with a grain of salt.

GTA Online Ban Wave July 2021

Still, there is no doubt that this rumor has already sparked a great deal of discussion in the community as players wait to see if it actually comes to fruition this month.

For more GTA, check out how a recent GTA 6 leak has been debunked, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer gives first look at Seer abilities

The Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer has officially arrived, and it gave players a first look at the abilities of new character Seer.

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Season 10 of Apex Legends is called Emergence, and it is adding a brand new character to the game’s roster in Seer, whose abilities were shown off in the official launch trailer for the new season.

It is always an exciting time in the world of Apex Legends when a new season is right around the corner, which is currently the case with the upcoming arrival of Emergence, which will be Season 10 for the popular first-person shooter.

As with every season, Emergence is set to bring plenty of new things for players to experience, with the highlight being the new character of Seer, whose interesting set of abilities were teased in the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer.

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Apex Legends Emergence Seer Abilities

The theme of the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer focused on change and how all of the characters in the game have evolved over their lives, with Seer being the main focus as expected.

In typical launch trailer fashion for Apex Legends, the Emergence video showed off the new character of Seer using his abilities to take down his enemies.

These abilities revolve around a set of microdrones that he keeps contained in a piece of equipment attached to his chest.

You can check out Seer using his abilities in the Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer below:

Following the trailer’s premiere at EA Play Live 2021, which also showcased the new Battlefield Portal game mode for Battlefield 2042, Apex Legends Game Director Chad Griener took the stage and explained some more details regarding the abilities of Seer.

According to Greiner, Seer is similar to Bloodhound in that his abilities focus on tracking enemies. Players will find that a heartbeat sensor will appear when they aim down the sights of their weapons when playing as Seer, which will help them find enemies near them.

Seer’s tactical ability will allow him to send out a fleet of microdrones from his chest to track down enemy players, while his ultimate ability will see Seer create a giant sphere with his drones that sense enemies who go through it.

There is no doubt that plenty of players will be excited to try out all of the Seer abilities shown off in the adrenaline-fueled Apex Legends Emergence launch trailer.

For more Apex Legends, check out the upcoming collaboration between Apex Legends and Monster Energy, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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