Server owners are patiently waiting for some sort of server banner to display their COD:Black Ops server on their website to show current player information and server status and some have even gone the extra mile to start creating their own like Coach has done with BOViewer; which is what I am using on the CODV server status page. But to have the best information and full set of features and options with a server banner showing the current information; server owners want a server banner from Server banners from are not only the standard for the most part; they have a lot of great options for displaying on different websites and signatures for forums and message boards but beyond that there is great historical data tied to the server that keeps track of players play times, overall top players on the server, most played maps and just some other great information that allows server owners – and server visitors alike to take in and enjoy looking at. is actually a sister company of and since they are the sole provider of COD:Black Ops servers one might think that banners should have been released by now right? Well that is what most think but based on recent discussion happening on both the and forums it appears that there is much more involved in getting the COD:Black Ops server banners up and running than it what would normally be involved for other games. Not much more information has been given other than that but all guessing points to Treyarch once again and the method of the heavily locked down backside of COD:Black Ops that they have decided to implement. What limited options seem to be frustrating for server owners – it also appears that it may be a little frustrating for GameTracker as well since they have been working on the server banner implementation since before the game release.

Whatever the case; it sounds like from posts over the last few days by [gs] quon on the forums the server banners will be here sometime this week!

Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:44 pm

GameTracker with Black Ops is currently undergoing testing

Once it is released – which looks to be sometime early next week, you will not need to use RCON to get your server’s status and will be able to track your server just like any other game that is under GameTracker’s portfolio

The querying portion for Black Ops is not as straight forward and does need this extra time for testing though.

The technology that is used to query the servers on GameTracker is actually going through testing under GameServers in how it scans for everyone’s server’s status. Seems to be working very reliably and will be pushed to GameTracker after some additional tests.

Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:07 am

As stated in a few threads, GT should be ready to go this week after some final tests.

Having a banner work for a few servers, even a few hundred servers is one thing but having it work without any issues against thousands of servers and also work within the GT environment that caters to millions of players worldwide does take time to ensure that all aspects of GT works without any issues. Keep in mind that we also store historical information on each server, not just a snapshot view of what is happening on the server currently. This also takes additional testing and resources.

In anycase, as planned, it will be ready this week.