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Brash Wins CWL French National Circuit Without Playing a Match

Published: 14/Jul/2018 19:02 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 17:25

by Vincent Genova

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Brash Esports has won back to back French National Circuit Stages, but this time they did not have to play a match.

The French team received two forfeits to win the knockout part of Stage 4 and secured travel and accommodation to the CoD Champs Last Chance Qualifier.

It was a strange set of circumstances that allowed Brash to take home the free title and $1,000 prize.

The Call of Duty World League has a rule in place that prevents roster moves for teams that win certain qualification events, like Pro League Stage 2 Relegation or the National Circuit before Champs.

This rule is meant to protect the players and prevent them from being dropped and replaced by an organization after earning their place in the bigger event.

However, a few French teams were not sold on their roster’s viability for Champs, so they did not want to be locked in and unable to make changes.

Brash took on aAa in the semi-finals, but aAa forfeited to keep their roster options open.

Monaco Esports, who went undefeated in Stage 4 with a 21-4 map count, was set to square off against Brash in the finals, but they also decided roster flexibility would be more important than winning their National Circuit.

Since the top 7 EU teams in Pro Points will be invited to the LCQ, both forfeited French teams are expected to join Brash at the event. Unlike Brash, it remains to be seen what their rosters will look like when they arrive.

The Last Chance Qualifier is a LAN event that takes place on July 24 and 25 at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio; the top 16 teams from the event will move on to the Call of Duty Championships.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.