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Arguing over amateur CoD playing conditions | Dexerto Podcast Ep.4

by Mike Kent

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The not yet award-winning Dexerto Podcast returns for its fourth episode.  This time, Chris, Josh and Mike – the founders of Dexerto – discuss the conditions at CDL Minnesota and Activision's controversial switch from Twitch to YouTube.

The inaugural event of Activision's $300m buy-in franchise league featured all 12 teams, but as expected – due to the hefty sum that participating orgs had to stump up – plenty of people were looking to find faults with the operation.

They appeared to find the golden goose on the first day when an unflattering video was uploaded of the Challenger area where amateur players competed for $250,000. It showed competitors playing in a building with low ceilings that looked like a freezing car park.

After the video emerged, social media blew up as multiple accounts with large followings shared the video. However, despite the initial fury, a number of professional players came to the defense of the Minnesota ROKKR organization and claimed that the setup wasn't as bad as it appeared.

During the podcast, Chris and Mike argue over whether the organizers should spend time and money on the setup for the amateur players. Where do you stand?

Also up for discussion in this 25-minute episode, which is available in both audio and video format, is Activision's decision to sign with YouTube to broadcast the event, and we also debate Chris' new fashion choice, which closely resembles that of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.