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Nadeshot responds to Activision stopping 100 Thieves’ Warzone charity

Published: 17/Jun/2020 22:50 Updated: 18/Jun/2020 12:32

by Alan Bernal

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100 Thieves’ Gamers For Equality charity event has been postponed after the org revealed Activision had denied their request to use Warzone in their tournament series, which was set to run in June and July.

The announcement came a day before the event was set to start the first of its four-week run on Thursday, June 18. 100 Thieves are still looking to organize the series, although they are now looking for “alternative solutions” to hold the event.

“Unfortunately, Activision has denied our request to use Warzone for this charity tournament so we’ll need to postpone Gamers For Equality,” they tweeted on June 17. “We hope to still host this tournament and are working to find alternative solutions,”

The “Gamers for Equality” competition was aimed to raise money for charity organizations working to advance racial equality and create systematic change.

Throughout the four-week series, they were planning on donating $100,000 for the cause while taking donations from audiences and partnering with multiple groups to organize the event.

At the time of the announcement, the esports org revealed Cash App and JBL Audio as the supporting partners putting together the Gamers for Equality – Warzone series.

Esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau said an impasse between Activision and 100 Thieves over the inclusion of Cash App as a sponsor had led to the Call of Duty publisher denying them permission to feature their game.

He even went as far as to say, according to sources, that 100T’s decision to continue making announcements without consulting Activision was “likely to get the public on their side.”

UPDATE – June 17 at 5:15 PM ET

Following this news, 100 Thieves CEO Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag addressed Activision’s decision and revealed that the publishers had concerns about the potential opportunities to monetize the charity event through a sponsored Warzone tournament.

“‘You guys can’t run this tournament with Cash App, you can’t run this tournament with sponsors and monetizing the tournament that you’re running,'” Nadeshot recalled before clarifying: “I just want to make it undoubtedly clear, we weren’t making money from this tournament.”

He noted the organic exposure that the tournament would naturally provide, but there weren’t any plans to monetize it “like [they] normally do with [their] sponsorships and the content [they] create.” Cash App had committed $100,000 to the cause and Nadeshot said they were tied to the charity, resulting in 100T being unable to drop the name.

After the disagreement, Nadeshot and his organization accepted the decision and were already making plans to find another publisher and title to base their tournament series on.

The org has yet to announce new times for the Gamers for Equality event, or even whether or not it’s still going to happen, so we’ll continue to update you on the situation as more details become available.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.