In the latest sign of the end times approaching, the online tournament site and gaming classic GameBattles will be shutting down, the site announced today.
From its beginnings as SOCOMbattles to online call of Duty From tournaments to Major League Gaming integration, GameBattles has been a pillar of the competitive gaming community for decades. And now it’s closing its doors, signaling the end of an era that’s important to many current gamers.
GameBattles started out as SOCOMbattles, an online ranking and tournament site with ranks for players to rank up in games like ranked and climb the leaderboards SOCOM: US Navy SEALs. Ultimately, cod became a mainstay, along with other games like gloriole And War equipment.
In 2006, GameBattles was acquired by Major League Gaming. And in 2016, MLG was acquired by Activision. Both MLG and GB will have closed since their takeover, leaving players to look elsewhere.
And now Xbox has acquired Activision, meaning it owns all the real estate. Fortunately, other tournament-based sites have popped up since then, but the selection is now slim as many titles now offer in-game ranked modes.
GameBattles operations manager Chris Evans lamented the news in a lengthy tweet shortly after the news went live.
“This didn’t have to happen,” he said. “There is so much untapped potential in MLG, GameBattles and the future of esports. I hope that one day both MLG and GB get the attention and internal support they deserve – not for me or anyone who has worked here, but for the great community they have created over the years.”
Reaction to the news was also unanimously sad among players who grew up playing GameBattles games, like CDL Pro Attach and former professional Censor. courage simply replied “damn,” reflecting the sentiments of players everywhere.
Personally, I will always remember the success of reaching the Top 40 CoD4 Leader with my clan while camping with my silenced M4 assault rifle in Team Deathmatch GB games.
Thanks for the memories, GB.