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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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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton


The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.