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ACHES and Crimsix debate toxic fanbases in Call of Duty

Published: 20/Nov/2019 18:55 Updated: 20/Nov/2019 18:59

by Calum Patterson


Call of Duty veteran pro players Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter locked horns on November 19, debating issues around the fanbase and how the community treats different teams.

Both ACHES and Crimsix have spent the majority of their playing careers at the top level, even dominating together under the legendary CompLexity/Evil Geniuses roster of Black Ops II and Ghosts.

But, the pair have been on separate rosters in the years since – with a fierce rivalry brewing between them. As Crimsix made up one-fourth of the OpTic dynasty, ACHES stood in his way at many major events.

Crimsix has now left OpTic, joining the Team Envy-owned Dallas Empire for the Call of Duty League. While ACHES captain’s LA OpTic’s rival, Los Angeles Guerillas.

Dallas EmpireCrimsix left OpTic and has joined the Dallas Empire for the 2020 season.

On November 19, Porter hit back at a fan who suggested that OpTic was responsible for his “personality”, arguing that the fan was display signs of cultish behavior.

ACHES was quick to respond, saying he “lost full” when seeing the post, arguing that Crimsix had never objected when the popularity of the organization “worked in his favor”.

Although Crimsix did not respond to the LA Guerillas captain directly, he continued on the same train of thought, suggesting the CoD fanbase need to change.

“I’m all for fans supporting whatever team you like,” he began. “But just because you support one, that doesn’t mean bash anyone/everyone else. The COD community needs to change. Let’s make the scene even better.”

When commenters highlighted the fierce rivalries that play out in traditional sports, Crimsix argued that esports “[does] not have the same luxuries as traditional sports” and so comparisons were “not fair.”

Current OpTic player, Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams, highlighted what he saw as a slight hypocrisy in Crim’s point. Alluding to a series of YouTube titles from the player such as “WHAT IS THIS FAKE OPTIC TEAM EVEN DOING?!?”

The two-time world champion simply joked that he was “trying to get views on his dead channel.”

Some fans argued a similar point to Kenny’s – that Crimsix’s recent uploads have been fuel to the fire on an already existing rivalry between him and his former teammates, namely Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly.

On the other hand, these types of rivalries have always existed and flourished in Call of Duty esports, and will likely be crucial to driving further fan engagement as the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League begins.

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Black Ops Cold War dev responds to broken Zombies XP growth

Published: 29/Nov/2020 13:03 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 13:07

by Luke Edwards


Treyarch has responded to a new issue that is slowing down Black Ops Cold War solo zombies players from leveling up their weapons. They intend to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Players reported the exp growth on their weapons had become increasingly slow. Some experimentation from Reddit user MaharaDTD discovered that it wasn’t impacting public lobby players, but was rather isolated to solo players and those on high round grinds.

Some players reported their guns not leveling up at all between rounds 30 and 100, while others, who played predominantly in co-op lobbies, reported almost no change at all.

The issues come amid a double XP event which should be the perfect time to grind out Zombies games, though. These problems stem from Treyarch combating an XP exploit where players could restart lobbies over and over again to wrack up big amounts – and the knock on effect has been completely ruining games.

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Treyarch dev responds to Black Ops Cold War Zombies weapon XP issues

Treyarch dev Josh ‘Foxhound’ Torres announced that their team had confirmed the issue with limited XP growth, responding to the lengthy Reddit discussion with a handful of comments of his own.

“I spoke with the team, and we have identified an issue that was causing lower than intended Weapon XP in both solo Zombies matches and later Zombies rounds. We are looking to release a fix for both of these as soon as possible,” he said.

Torres also confirmed there will not be an extension to the 2XP weekend for zombies players, despite pressure from the community.

He said: “I shared what the team had to share, and then I kept them updated on the community sentiment and conversations. The team investigated and found actual issues. We’ll be fixing them, and we’ll have more 2XP events in the future.”

This means zombies players will need to wait patiently for the chance to grind 2XP boosts and upgrade their guns.