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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


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.

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.

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.

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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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton


Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.