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Amateur CoD event goes ahead covertly despite announcing it was canceled

Published: 1/Aug/2020 14:39 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 21:45

by Daniel Cleary

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A tournament organizer allegedly flouted a ruling to cancel an amateur Call of Duty LAN event, despite publicly stating it had been canceled.

Despite the ongoing health crisis, Call of Duty players made their way to Indianapolis in hopes of competing at a Modern Warfare tournament, American Gaming Network’s Indy Open.

However, the amateur event, which was scheduled to kick off on August 1, was moved to an online format last minute after AGN revealed they were contacted by Activision over “health and safety concerns.”

“After discussions with representatives from Activision, we are deciding to change the Indianapolis Open to be online only,” AGN’s statement read.

With under a day until the action was supposed to start, this news was announced too late for some teams. Many had already traveled and booked accommodation or arrived at nearby hotels.

Event allegedly goes ahead on LAN

It is now alleged that the event has simply continued as normal, rather than moving online, with videos showing players gathered in the venue.

The competition was originally thought to have been thrown together and hosted at one of the teams’ Airbnb homes, with u/ElementalStormz sharing a brief clip of the LAN on Reddit.

Players hosting their own lan at an air bnb after AGN Indy got cancelled from CoDCompetitive

Later, it became apparent, according to some on social media, that the event was simply going ahead as planned, despite the statement to the contrary.

Update, 1:40 PM EST, Aug 1: AGN, the tournament organizer, have denied their involvement in the event, and say the do not condone the players being there.

However, others noted that their staff members were present at the venue.

Seattle Surge coach Joey ‘Nubzy’ DiGiacomo said “Pretty sure the online thing was fake and I believe they’re holding the LAN as we speak.”

Toronto Ultra’s General Manager reaffirmed this claim, saying she had reported it to Activision Blizzard.

Former MLG event organizer Adam Ap condemned the videos of the event that appeared online. In since-deleted Tweets, Adam called their public statement a “smoke screen.”

A video of a match being played was posted with the result of the game, but was deleted when it started to be shared around. Another user reuploaded the video.

AGN founder Gage Cash simply responded, “we are hosting an online event.”

There was already criticism of the competitors for ignoring the safety concerns that Activision raised. Some pointed out the risks involved with this gathering.

It is unclear when Call of Duty events will move back to the regular LAN setting, with tournaments such as the CDL and Challenger’s Playoffs also confirmed to be online.

What is clear is that this event, in any capacity, should not be taking place.

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Modern Warfare glitch reveals unreleased Makarov pistol

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:35 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton

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Infinity Ward adds weapons to Modern Warfare with each new season, though it appears even more have been in the works behind the scenes as a secret pistol was accidentally handed out due to a confusing glitch.

Problematic bugs have been on the rise once again throughout Modern Warfare’s sixth and final season. Warzone players have had their runs ended by broken Loadout Drops while others have literally been left in the dark as a result of a game-breaking issue. Despite these problems, every now and then, glitches can actually be a pleasant surprise.

This was the case on October 27 as a player shockingly stumbled upon a new weapon. While playing offline, they noticed something suspicious. One of the AI-controlled enemies was wielding a unique pistol.

After taking them down and picking up the gun, the Makarov was revealed in all its glory. Fit with custom animations, an unfinished model, but all the firepower you’d expect from the classic secondary.

The Makarov pistol first appeared in 2010’s Black Ops and soon featured in the game’s sequel before disappearing. It was usable across the campaign and multiplayer in the first game, though only appeared in the story for the follow-up.

Evidently, it’s an extremely rare weapon compared to some iconic guns in the Call of Duty franchise. Having only appeared in Treyarch releases, it’s a surprise to see the pistol up and running in Modern Warfare.

It appeared as a Renetti on the ground and the icon matched up as well. Though it’s very clear a good amount of work has been put into the gun. From unique reload and inspect animations to its own balancing, it may have been in the plans for a previous seasonal update.

Given the unfinished model of the weapon, however, there’s a good chance we don’t see it properly anytime soon. Infinity Ward could have been testing it months ago before scrapping the gun. Perhaps it’s simply in the game’s files as a placeholder. There’s really no telling at this point in time.

Black Ops 2 Makarov gameplay
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The Makarov pistol has only been usable in Black Ops 1 and 2.

It popped up during an offline session against bots, so don’t expect to see this random bug in an online match either. It would be surprising to see the weapon appear in an Infinity Ward title for the first time after such a long gap, though anything is possible.

With Treyarch taking over Warzone with the transition to Black Ops Cold War, however, it would make more sense to see the Makarov in 2021.