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Call of Duty community pleads Activision to support Australia fire relief

Published: 9/Jan/2020 4:01

by Brad Norton

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Having just released an Australian-centric bundle of cosmetic content in Modern Warfare, the Call of Duty community is requesting that all profits be donated to Australian fire relief efforts by Infinity Ward.

While the gaming community has come together in a number of heartfelt ways in support of the recent bushfire crisis impacting Australia, dedicated Call of Duty players are pleading Activision to focus their efforts in kind. 

Similar to a recent suggestion that gained traction in the Overwatch landscape, Modern Warfare’s avid community is requesting that all profits from the latest Season One content drop be donated to fire relief efforts in Australia.

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareThe Outback content bundle is one of many to have been released throughout Season One in Modern Warfare.

Released in a January 8 title update, Infinity Ward introduced two new cosmetic content bundles to Modern Warfare’s in-game store. 

One collection titled ‘Wolfpack,’ features two unique weapon skins, an emblem, and a new calling card themed around wolves. Additionally, the second bundle, ‘Outback,’ is unsurprisingly Australia-centric. With a prominent notice on the home-screen, the bundle is promoted with a sniper standing amidst Aussie bushland.

“Australia has more deadly species than anywhere else. The deadliest? Humans,” the accompanying text reads. A larger content pack collecting all manner of cosmetic items from operator skins to finishing moves, each of the new additions are entirely themed around the sunburnt country.

Added into the game while Australian’s endure the worst bushfire season the nation has ever seen, CoD fans are requesting Activision donate all profits from these particular cosmetics directly to fire relief efforts across the continent. 

All the money earned from the outback bundle should be donated to charities helping to stop the fire spread and Australia from modernwarfare

Garnering a great deal of attention online, popular content creators have even chimed in and suggested that the publisher hop on board and support the cause. 

Blake Cissel of Team Summertime and NRG emphasized “it would be insanely cool to see proceeds of this “Outback” bundle benefit the Australian fire/wildlife relief. ” 

While countless fans have gestured in support of the movement in their own posts, an Activision representative responded to Cissel’s Tweet shortly after. “I know this is for a good cause as well considering what’s happening and I’ll let the teams know on my end as well.”

With months of sweltering heat left throughout the Australian summer, and fires still spreading, there’s a great deal left for the nation to endure before the crisis is fully under control. In the meantime, every bit of support can certainly go a long way.

If you’d like to help, you can donate through the Australian Red Cross or The Salvation Army. Alternatively, you can send support directly to the brave souls currently combating the fires with the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun

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From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

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Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.