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Activision confirm plans for rewards for watching CDL and OWL on YouTube

Published: 28/Jan/2020 14:21

by Andy Williams

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Activision Blizzard Esports CEO, Pete Vlastelica, has announced that they are exploring ways to offer rewards for fans that watch the Call of Duty League on YouTube.

Prior to the Call of Duty League’s Launch Weekend kicking off, it was announced that Activision Blizzard had teamed up with YouTube Gaming in a multi-year deal that gives competitive Overwatch, Hearthstone and Call of Duty a home on the Google-owned platform.

Mere days after the announcement, Vlastelica has revealed that Activision are working closely with YouTube to provide exclusive rewards for their viewers in a bit to make the viewing experience much more immersive. 

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Activision Blizzard announced their exclusive partnership on January 24.

The ability to claim desired in-game drops for watching competitive action has resulted in viewership numbers skyrocketing for many esport titles. Players have been rewards with supply drops in past Call of Duty titles when watching on Twitch.

During the Overwatch League’s 2019 season, players had the opportunity to claim exclusive loot as a reward for tuning into the competitive action on Twitch — and this resulted in a sharp increase in viewership on the Amazon-owned platform. 

With the OWL, CDL and Hearthstone all jumping ship over to YouTube, fans were left in the dark regarding the aforementioned loot system which had previously proven extremely popular.

However, per Vlastelica’s Tweet, Activision Blizzard are: “exploring ways to offer rewards for watching our broadcasts on YouTube in the future.”

Former Call of Duty caster and the current Global Head of Gaming for YouTube, Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt shared further insight into their plans for in-game drop integration in an interview with Wired on January 24. 

Wyatt stated that embedding the feature for CDL and OWL streams is “very much on our roadmap,” but failed to divulge any information relating to when fans can start to claim their exclusive rewards.

Players have previously been able to redeem rewards for watching the Game Jam Hollywood premiere exclusively on YouTube. 

This came after Epic Games partnered with Google’s video-sharing platform to “level up” the viewing experience. 

While only time will tell how the Activision and YouTube partnership will fare, it appears to be in safe hands with both Pete Vlastelica and Ryan Wyatt at the helm.

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Bizarre Black Ops Cold War exploit completely removes sprint-fire delay

Published: 29/Nov/2020 11:01

by Daniel Cleary

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A strange exploit has been found with the Gung-Ho perk in Black Ops Cold War, which removes the sprint-fire delay from all weapons in-game.

As with other online multiplayer shooters, Call of Duty players, typically, have to have quick reaction speed in order to win gunfights and pick up kills against the enemy team.

While this reaction time can be difficult to improve, some players have found another way to gain an advantage over their opponents with a bug that allows you to fire the first few bullets even earlier.

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This exploit was found with the Gung-Ho perk, which allows players to shoot their weapons while sprinting. The Cold War perk has been a go-to for those who love to run and gun, but this new bug completely cuts out the time it takes to start firing.

One Redditor u/b3nb0i shared this unusual glitch with the perk, revealing that, with the help of lethal equipment such as semtex, it’s possible to cancel the sprint-to-fire delay on a gun.

Usually, even with the Gung-Ho perk equipped, there is a small delay in the time it takes to straighten the weapon from the sprint position to be ready to fire.

NEW TECH: Run with a semtex and gungho to shoot without sprint-fire delay from blackopscoldwar

However, with semtex or another piece of equipment in-hand, the gun is already in a position to fire and cancels the delay, making it quite deadly in any gunfights. It is worth noting that it is not possible to ADS while using this exploit and that players would have to rely on their weapons attachments to make their shots more accurate.

While this strange exploit does require some getting used to, it could still be quite overpowered particularly on maps with short-range engagements such as Nuketown, especially as the grenade will drop if you’re taken down – like how the Martyrdom perk used to work.

As of now, it is unclear whether this was intended to be a feature in Cold War but, if it is found to be a glitch it will likely be patched by Treyarch in one of the future updates.