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BitterSweet Return for CWL Anaheim with a New Call of Duty Roster

Published: 5/Jun/2018 13:01 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:31

by Calum Patterson

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North American esports organization BitterSweet have announced their return to competitive Call of Duty for CWL Anaheim, replicating their same move from last year’s season.

BitterSweet’s last involvement with Call of Duty esports came at last year’s CWL Anaheim, where they fielded that roster that later joined Ghost Gaming – Michael “SpaceLy” Schmale, Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield, Devin “LlamaGod” Tran and Chance “Maux” Moncivaez.

Despite the team managing a top 12 placing and their spot at Stage 2 of the Global Pro League and the Call of Duty championship, the deal the roster had with BitterSweet was only intended to last for the one event.

BitterSweet have since gone through a rebrand and have been fielding teams in Rainbow6, but are now making their full return to Call of Duty – just in time for Anaheim once again.

Recruiting an amateur roster but one with a lot of potential talent, the team will have to grind through the open bracket if they are to make themselves known – and better yet qualify for the LCQ for the Call of Duty championship.

The players have all been competing throughout the CoD: WWII season, but with limited success at the major open events, Nick “Hate” O’Connor managing the best placing so far with a top 32 finish at both CWL Seattle and CWL Atlanta, while playing for Earthroot Gaming.

The roster also includes other up and coming players Eric “JetLi” Phan, Jesus “HumanJesus” Hernandez and Devin “Demise”.

The team already played the most recent CWL 2K together, where they managed a top 16 placing, eliminated by eventual runners up Lightning Pandas.

Regardless, they should be heading into the CWL Anaheim with a good seed, considering the roster has played at the previous open events throughout the 2018 season.

It remains to be seen if they can surprise the competition like BitterSweet’s last CWL Anaheim roster.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.