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100 Thieves reportedly raising $25 million for Call of Duty franchise spot

Published: 31/May/2019 13:28 Updated: 31/May/2019 13:53

by Matt Porter

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Call of Duty franchised league.

Call of Duty esports is set to move in to a new franchised model for the 2020 season, with teams attempting to secure the rights to a location which the team will represent in the league.

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One of the most sought after spots in the competition is the Los Angeles franchise, and according to reports 100 Thieves are hoping to raise more money in the hopes of locking down the California position.

100 Thieves100 Thieves are believed to be gunning for the Los Angeles franchise.

First published by the New York Post, sources state that 100 Thieves, who had raised $25 million in funding in October 2018 according to Forbes, are now hoping to gain another $25 million cash injection which will likely be used to secure the L.A. CoD franchise.

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The news comes just weeks after notorious Call of Duty leaker CoDBurner claimed that a bidding war was ongoing between teams attempting to lock down the Los Angeles spot from Activision, stating that the price had almost tripled from the original $25 million which a franchise would cost.

If successful, it’s believed that 100 Thieves would be the sole team based in Los Angeles in the Call of Duty franchise league, an ideal situation as the team’s headquarters and LCS teams are both based in the city.

MLGIt’s believed 100 Thieves will use the funding to secure the Los Angeles franchise.

100 Thieves secured some big name investors back in October in their first round of funding, bringing in music megastar Drake and talent agent Scooter Braun as co-owners of the organization.

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Activision have already announced the first five franchises in the Call of Duty League, with Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto all set to host teams who compete in the tournament.

With a number of teams rumored to be battling for the L.A. spot, it remains to be seen as to whether 100 Thieves can secure the funding they need to lock down the franchise.

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Iconic Barret 50 cal sniper rifle leaked in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:42 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 0:53

by Tanner Pierce

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After the Black Ops Cold War Beta was available on PC, data-miners and hackers scoured through the game’s code to find hidden features, and some of them have seemingly stumbled upon a usable/playable version of a classic Call of Duty sniper rifle – the Barret .50 cal.

Unfortunately, with a little bit less than 24 hours to go, the Black Ops Cold War Beta is almost over. While most people spent the weekend knee-deep in the game’s base weapons, maps, modes, etc., many PC data-miners were enjoying everything the pre-release version had to offer that was hidden in the game’s coding.

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Throughout the weekend, many players were leaking parts of the game’s code that referred to a number of unreleased features. While most of them were obviously left-over assets from Black Ops 4 or, at the very least, unsubstantiated pieces of data, there seems to be a classic sniper coming to the game.

A Black Ops Cold War Beta mod video from YouTuber Andrew2007 seems to show the Barrett .50 cal, a fan-favorite sniper rifle from several previous Call of Duty title, as a part of the game, although it appears that the gun is named ‘Barret M82’ for BOCW.

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As can be seen in the video below, the weapon isn’t done, as there are no firing and reloading sound associated with the weapon. There isn’t even a scope texture, with a white square taking its place. This makes sense, as unreleased weapons generally don’t have all the assets associated with them attached until much closer to release.

Barret M82 from blackopscoldwar

For those confused as to why the rifle is firing at such a high rate, this is due to the mods that the user installed for the game. The actual Barret will certainly not function that way if and when it gets fully released.

Speaking of which, it’s also entirely possible that the video is fake and that the YouTuber simply modded the weapon into the game. Still, it looks pretty convincing, and given the fact that other prominent leak pages like leaker ModerWarzone have corroborated, its existence seems more likely than not.

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The inclusion of the Barrett 50 cal is certainly a welcome one. The gun was featured in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3, and even Black Ops 2’s story campaign. A variant of it was also featured in Modern Warfare (2019) but it was titled the Rytec AMR and featured some differences from the original.

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The Barrett 50 cal sniper has been featured in multiple Call of Duty games including every entry of the Modern Warfare series.

What’s most likely to happen with this gun, judging from the fact that it wasn’t even included in the beta or alpha, is that it’s being saved for the post-launch content that Activision and Treyarch are planning on releasing.

Either way, it won’t be long until we find out since Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020.

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