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Activision slammed over comments about CoD: Black Ops 4 microtransactions

Published: 10/Aug/2019 16:40 Updated: 11/Aug/2019 8:28

by Joe Craven

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Call of Duty players have denounced publishers Activision as “delusional” following the company’s quarter 2 earnings call, which summarized the most recent financial quarter. 

On August 8, Activision Blizzard held a conference call for their quarterly financial report, dissecting the financial status of their company for the fiscal quarter that ended on June 30, 2019.

Although primarily for the benefit of investors, calls such as this sometimes contain new details about upcoming titles for CoD fans – in this case, Modern Warfare. But, many fans were left scratching their heads at some of Activision’s comments regarding the most recently released title: Black Ops 4.

Infinity WardInfinity Ward’s upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was one of the call’s hot topics.

Treyarch’s latest Call of Duty game received both praise and criticism from the community for different aspects. Innovative modes like Blackout have generally been met positively, while the overly complex DLC maps have been criticized. 

One aspect of Black Ops 4 that has received almost unanimous condemnation is the system through which DLC is dispensed, often locked behind Reserve Crates (loot boxes); giving players a tiny chance of acquiring new items without investing significant amounts of real money. 

However, Activision appear to think differently. During the call, Activision stated that the “community embraced new in-game content” during Black Ops 4. Our sister site, CharlieIntel simply responded with ‘Yikes’ – reflecting the community’s sentiment.

Given how far this seems to be from the general feeling among the fanbase, many players were quick to hit out at Activision for being “out of touch” and “delusional”. 

One example of new content being locked behind pay-walls is the Days of Summer update, which came on June 4. Five new weapons were added: the Grav, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, S6 Stingray, and Ballistic Knife. Only the Vendetta was available for all players. 

Understandably, this update was met with backlash, as players lamented Activision’s apparent greed. The message doesn’t seem to be getting through though, given Activision’s insistence that fans “embraced” Black Ops 4’s DLC content. 

Crucially, Activision Blizzard made approximately $800 million from in-game revenue (largely microtransactions) in quarter 2.

This kind of message does not give an indication of future content and microtransaction models, as Activision continues to maintain that their current systems are adequate, and fair, as CoD moves towards the new Modern Warfare.

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Nadeshot calls for major SBMM change in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:48

by Jacob Hale

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Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.