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Call of Duty wins big at 2018 Esports Awards

Published: 13/Nov/2018 2:49 Updated: 13/Nov/2018 2:50

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty esports was given a big dose of recognition at the 2018 Esports Awards held on November 12.

With a total of nine nominations, CoD esports was well represented at the prestigious awards ceremony in London, England, in terms of both industry and individual members.

An impressive seven out of the nine nominees were voted in the top three of their respective categories, with three of them placing first.

100 Thieves pro player Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams took two pieces of hardware at the event, winning the Console Rookie of the Year category while also placing third in the Console Player of the Year race.

Kenny played an instrumental role in Team Kaliber’s outstanding WWII season, during which the team won three major tournaments and placed first at the 2018 CWL Championship.

FaZe Clan’s Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner, who was also nominated in that category, finished in third behind Kenny and FIFA World Champion ‘Msdossary.’

His FaZe teammate Dillon ‘Attach’ Price received a first-place award for his remarkably gutsy play against OpTic Gaming in the grand finals of the CWL Pro League Stage One Playoffs, which was voted Play of the Year.

The play ended up securing a crucial game of S&D, and ultimately helped FaZe win their first major event in over three years. 

CWL caster Clint ‘Maven’ Evans was voted the best Broadcaster of the Year for his outstanding work during the WWII season, especially an the spectacular CWL Champs event in August.

Speaking of Champs, the biggest and last tournament of the WWII season was voted third in the Live Event of the Year category.

The seventh and final award for CoD came in the Breakthrough Game of the Year category, in which CoD: WWII placed third, behind Fortnite and Dragon Ball Fighterz.

About the 2018 Esports Awards

The aim of the Esports Awards is to ‘acknowledge and rewards the outstanding achievement throughout the industry,’ with 22 unique categories, each with at least 12 nominees.

The full list of all winners and nominees for each category can be seen by visiting our main Esports Awards page HERE

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How to get free Pawn Takes Pawn rewards for Warzone & Black Ops Cold War

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:56

by Tanner Pierce


Now that the Pawn Takes Pawn easter egg hunt is finally over, which connected both Warzone and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, fans have now been rewarded with in-game items for both games and Call of Duty: Mobile. Here’s how you get your hands on them.

After months of solving easter eggs both online and in Warzone, the Pawn Takes Pawn campaign has finally come to end and while most people thought that the hunt itself was fun, the final reveal of a simple video was a bit less ideal than some were hoping for, to say the least.

That being said, it’s not all bad. As a reward for the community completing the easter egg, Activision is giving all players some sweet rewards for Black Ops Cold War, Warzone/Modern Warfare, and even Call of Duty: Mobile. Getting your hands on them isn’t too tricky but there are a couple steps you have to follow.

Activision has revealed that Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Mobile players can unlock special Pawn Takes Pawn items.

Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Mobile Pawn Takes Pawn rewards

Players are able to get a slew of rewards for three separate games. While you definitely get more for Modern Warfare/Warzone, the fact that Treyarch is already giving out rewards for Black Ops Cold War before its official release is cool to see. Even giving some love to Mobile is a nice gesture.

  • Black Ops Cold War
    • Knight chess piece weapon charm
    • “Family Portait” calling card
  • Modern Warfare/Warzone
    • Ak-47 weapon blueprint
    • Helicopter skin
    • Pawn chess piece weapon charm
    • 5 emblems
    • 5 calling cards
    • 5 sprays
  • Mobile
    • By15 weapon skin
    • Calling card
    • Avatar
    • Spray
    • Frame

All in all, it’s a ton of content and it’s nice to see Activision giving some love to all games, rather than just one.

Players can also earn rewards for Black Ops Cold War before its release.

Pawn Takes Pawn content instructions

Getting access to all three of these content packs is relatively simple, however, there’s still a few steps that you have to go through. Before you start, you’ll want to make sure that you have an Activision account and that it’s linked to either your PlayStation, Xbox, or accounts.

  1. Go to and either sign-in to your Pawn Takes Pawn account or make one if you haven’t already.
  2. Type in “1PIECES9IN8PLAY1” in the box that shows up titled Flying Colors.
  3. Watch the video.
  4. After you fully watch the video, you should see an achievement pop up in the top right hand corner allowing you to “redeem rewards”. Click that link and you’ll see a list of codes.
  5. In a separate tab/window, go to and sign-in to your Activision account.
  6. Input the codes one by one once the box pops up.

It’s worth noting that there’s a small bug associated with the codes. Sometimes, after you watch the video, the achievement won’t pop up. To solve this, re-input the code on the “colorbound” website and watch the video again. It should pop up after that point.

After you complete all the steps, you should see your rewards show up in-game the next time you boot it up.