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All former CoD Champs winners to receive unique pendants

Published: 15/Aug/2019 20:23 Updated: 16/Aug/2019 4:38

by Albert Petrosyan


Major League Gaming and the Call of Duty World League had decided to honor former winners of the CWL Championship by giving them unique pendants.

The tradition of ending every Call of Duty competitive season with a Champs tournament could soon be coming to an end, with the esport transitioning to a franchised league starting next season.

This means that the currently ongoing $2 million event could be the last of its kind, with fans not sure what to expect for the future. 

With many of the world’s best players and teams gathered in Los Angeles, CA for Champs 2019, MLG and the CWL will honor former winners of the tournament in a way that’s never really been done before in the esport’s history.

“We made pendants for every Champs winner,” tweeted MLG’s Adam Apicella. “No pomp or anything for a presentation, just something cool for champions.”

MLGOpTic Gaming’s 3x World Champ Karma will be the only player receiving three pendants.

The pendants have been designed to feature the player’s in-game name on one side, along with the year that they won Champs and a logo of the iconic trophy. 

On the other side will be the logo of the game that the championship was won on, including Black Ops 2, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3, Infinite Warfare, and WWII.

While all of the winning players have received their own championship rings, they’re not something that can be worn during the competition, which is why MLG decided to go with pendants.

“Our thinking was, you can’t play with a ring on, but sort of like World Series of Poker, you could play with a pendant on, identifying you as a World Champ,” Apicella said. “Also, it’s just a cool memento honoring these players when they sat atop the world of their craft.”

Apicella also revealed that they had been planning on doing a special ceremony for all of the world champions before the Grand Final of Champs 2019, but couldn’t put it together fast enough at the end.

“We were going to potentially honor every champion on the stage before Grand Finals to present these, but we just ran out of time, and you don’t half ass a presentation like that. In any case, I hope that the players like it, that’s what matters.”

There are, of course, numerous world champions who are competing at this year’s Champs, including three-time winner Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, reigning champ Justin ‘SiLLY’ Fargo, and 2015 world champions Dillon ‘Attach’ Price and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, all of whom had fond reactions to the news.

Apicella also said, tongue in cheek, that the reason organizations were not represented on the pendants was because MLG did not want to commemorate Denial Esports.

“I didn’t want to put Denial on a pendant, so we went with a trophy plus player,” he tweeted. “It’s always the one org that’s got to ruin it for the rest.” 

Following their high of winning it all in 2015, Denial has been mired in nothing but controversy since then, twice having to shut down their operations due to financial issues, leaving multitudes of players and staff suddenly looking for a job. 

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby


From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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