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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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Best Warzone kills against cheaters exploiting the Stim glitch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 5:12

by Theo Salaun

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Taking matters into their own hands, some of Call of Duty: Warzone’s bravest players have, quite literally, gone out of their way to punish cheating exploiters who abuse the notorious Stim glitch.

As most Warzone fans have become familiar with by now, there is an unlimited Stim Shot glitch that pops into existence, gets patched out, and then returns every once in a while. The bug allows you to use an infinite amount of Stim Shots, enabling players to remain in the gas indefinitely and secure easy wins while those who play fairly die to the final circles.

Unfortunately, as time passes, more and more exploiters have become aware of the glitch and prone to abusing it. Fortunately, more and more players with competitive integrity have become aware of those exploiters and prone to exacting justice by punishing them.

While few things are more satisfying than a high-kill Warzone victory, one such thing is the cathartic sensation of a cheater being killed and therefore robbed of their illegitimate win. Highlighted by one of Warzone’s very best, Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James, here are the best kills against Stim glitch exploiters.

Unwilling to be denied their 100-kill victory, Jukeyz and his team got set up with self-revives, gas masks, and a UAV to go seek out and eliminate the exploiter in their lobby. Driving directly into the toxic gas, Jukeyz is able to hop out (as his driver is downed by the green cloud) and delete the prone cheater.

And Jukeyz isn’t alone in obliterating these exploiters. Reddit’s ‘thebigeasy31’ decimated the hubris of one such exploiter, who brashly thought they could start Stim glitching earlier in the game with a Most Wanted contact on his head. Instead, bigeasy gave him a bullet to the head.

And last, but certainly not least, Reddit’s ‘Millertime166’ took it upon themself to pull off a one-man vigilante act by seeking out a Stim glitcher on Rebirth Island. Heading into the gas, copping a Gas Mask, and getting into a vehicle, Millertime used their last remaining HP to kill off a silly cheater who was hidden behind a wall.

Wasn’t about to let a stim glitcher steal my squads W from CODWarzone

While the Stim glitch was supposed to have been removed during the January 13 patch, some believe it persists, albeit in a more limited fashion. Nevertheless, most expect it could possibly make a return at some point.

If it does come back, these players prove that the game’s developers are not the only ones who can counteract cheaters. Like those who killed off exploiters who were abusing the Promenade truck glitch, Verdansk’s finest have begun carrying out their own brand of justice.