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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Mode Is Unlikely To Overthrow Fortnite According To Analyst

Published: 20/May/2018 13:39 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:56

by Scott Mahoney


The newest edition to the Call of Duty franchise is scheduled to release with a new Battle Royale game mode.

The focus of the new mode is to bring the fun of Battle Royale to the hardcore experience that Call of Duty games tend to offer, and will no doubt hope to steal away some of the large Fortnite player base.

However, Andrew Uerkwitz, an analyst for Oppenheimer, tells Business Insider that the two games have different audiences.

Despite the anticipation around Black Ops 4 Uerkwitz has been reassuring clients in the financial industry that the two games will not interfere with one another.

“We believe [Black Ops 4] is not positioned to appeal to wider, younger players like Fortnite is. 

Instead, we believe this game is built to be the best-in-class hardcore [first person shooter].” 

While there may be some intersection of interest Uerkwitz does not believe the Black Ops 4 will take a large portion of the Fortnite audience.

Fortnite has achieved its massive popularity because the game appeals to a broad spectrum of gamers.

Many Fortnite players are of a younger age than that of the Call of Duty fanbase, thanks to its cartoonish style and lack of blood and gore.

Call of Duty is focused on bringing a hardcore gaming experience to fans and that may limit the mass appeal the series receives.

Uerkwitz believes the new Battle Royale feature in Black Ops 4 is more likely to capture market share from other games like PlayerUnkown’s Battleground and traditional first person shooters like Counter-Strike or Battlefield.

Even with the Call of Duty development team focusing more attention on the PC platform Uerkwitz insists this will not have a large effect on the Fortnite fanbase.

In any case, fans can always play both.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.