After over two decades of operation, GameBattles will be closing down in January 2024. The online tournament platform, which has been deeply integrated into the Call of Duty community for years, announced the news of its impending shutdown on November 13th via its official social media page.
Navigating to the GameBattles site currently displays a popup warning of the closure, which states that the platform and service will be shut down as of January 15, 2024. This announcement marks the end of 20 years of competitive gaming on the site, which has been a fantastic platform for meeting your match for the more competitive gamers among us.
GameBattles has been a staple in the competitive gaming ecosystem, hosting online video game tournaments and competitions in console and PC gaming zones. The platform’s closure will leave a significant void in the gaming arena, which could allow new platforms to fill the void.
The GameBattles participant community has until January 31, 2024, to redeem any credits or rewards they have accumulated on the platform. After this date, all accrued credits or rewards will be void.
After careful consideration, we have decided to shut down the GameBattles platform and service as of January 15, 2024.
If you have any questions about your account or the shutdown, please visit our support site: https://t.co/M5YzDe4CWy
— GameBattles (@GameBattles) November 13, 2023
After over 20 years of operation, GameBattles, one of the oldest and most storied online tournament platforms, is shutting down. Founded in 2003, GameBattles allowed users to create and participate in amateur and semi-professional tournaments, all online.
GameBattles was under the umbrella of Major League Gaming, which was later acquired by Activision Blizzard in 2016. However, the platform began to fall into obscurity as newer names like Battlefy, FACEIT, and Epulze emerged. Despite this, GameBattles remained a household name for gamers during the formative years of esports, and it grew to become the most-utilized tournament platform in all of gaming.
The announcement of GameBattles’ closure was made on the platform’s official social media on November 13th, 2023. The company will officially shut down on January 15th, 2024. Users are encouraged to visit the site’s support page for more information.
Adam Apicella, a former Major League Gaming employee and founder of Esports Engine, eulogized the service on X, stating that the industry needs more options for this exact service. Apicella believes that GameBattles could have made a huge difference today, and competition is sorely needed in the current online tournament landscape.
The closure of GameBattles marks the end of a two-decade streak as an online gaming tournament platform. Despite the rise of newer platforms, GameBattles remained a beloved and essential part of the gaming community for many years.