Yesterday we made this statement.
As of 2013-01-25 09:30:00 UTC, Valve has completely taken away our current method of gathering data. This means we are no longer able to get new matches, download replays, qualify aggregates, or properly calculate any other stats (like hero winrates).
While we understand the privacy concerns Valve might have with all data being publicly available, we believe the approach they are taking now is completely wrong. They are trying to force us to use the WebAPI, but there’s some serious downsides to it:
We believe there are better privacy alternatives than the one Valve implemented. For example, we had a privacy feature ready to launch today (see screenshots below), which completely removes your profile from our website, while still allowing us to serve accurate statistics to the rest of the community.
We have tried to keep an open dialogue with Valve over the last 6 months (they were aware of our upcoming features well beforehand), but apparently they are not interested in communicating with community websites.
We have invested a lot of our time and own money in trying to make Dotabuff one of the best sites out there, and we are absolutely devastated.
If you would like to express your opinion about this situation, contact Valve and let them know how you feel.
Thank you for your tremendous support. We are hopeful that this situation can still be resolved. If we are able to come back online we will be crediting accounts for downtime. Refunds will be honored - email email@example.com if you would like a refund. Thank you for your support.