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Censor claims Call of Duty League lost him $100K and demands answers

Published: 24/May/2020 10:39

by Andy Williams


New York Subliners pro player Doug ‘Censor’ Martin has shed light on how the Call of Duty League has cost him $100,000 in a sponsorship deal, after also explaining that the League revoked permission to livestream the Seattle Challengers Cup.

Censor is a player who’s played at the highest level in competitive Call of Duty, as well as focusing on being a content creator. After playing at the top for the best part of a decade, he’s considered one of the veterans of the space.

Fast-forward to the first-ever franchised league and the 25-year-old now finds himself as a substitute for the New York Subliners. But despite an in-house roster shuffle, Doug is yet to make the starting lineup, regardless of his claims that he can still mix it with the very best.

Censor playing for FaZe Clan.
Censor severed ties with FaZe to be able to pursue a career in the Call of Duty League.

Given his absence from pro action, Censor recently switched over to the amateur league to play in the Seattle Challengers Cup.

According to the Subliners’ sub, he had made arrangements to stream the tournament on his Twitch channel, only for these rights to be revoked at the last minute by league officials.

With this in mind, Censor spoke out about how he’s lost a $100,000 endorsement because of the league’s restrictions: “I have been limited on being able to compete or produce content because of restrictions.”

Given the circumstances, Censor has called for a ‘Player’s Union’ to be formed, in a bid to fight for player rights within the league — a concept which has been adopted by other esports, such as the CSPPA for CS:GO players.

Censor made his stance clear in a video, where he stood firm against the current stipulation whereby players must exclusively represent the league’s sponsors.

Alongside detailing the issue he’s faced, he delved into how he was revoked from streaming the Challengers Cup, explaining that it was due to him not being on a “streamer’s contract.” He says he had no prior knowledge of such a contract existing.

Regardless of Censor’s calls for a Player’s Union, this is not an approach that Activision-Blizzard have taken with the Overwatch League — despite similar calls from pros in that scene.

Only time will tell whether league officials will decide to allow Censor to form a union that’s sole purpose will be to represent the players and put their interests first.

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FormaL claims FaZe are OpTic Chicago’s toughest competition for CDL 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:42 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:51

by Theo Salaun


OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper has revealed that he thinks the Atlanta FaZe will be the team to beat in the Call of Duty League’s 2021 season, citing how similar the two teams are.

A seven-year veteran in professional Call of Duty, FormaL boasts a wealth of expertise and some interesting insights. Excited for Black Ops Cold War and a refreshed CDL roster, back under the OpTic banner, the 2017 World Champion broke down his expectations for the 2021 season on an episode of “The Bakery” podcast.

Tucked in between romantic stories of trying to hide his gaming career from a crush and resisting Seth ‘Scump’ Abner’s kiss attempts, FormaL discussed the upcoming competitive season. With former teammate Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson moved over to Atlanta, OpTic’s AR revealed that FaZe are the biggest concern in 2021 — not the 2020 champion Dallas Empire.

With the league transitioning to 4 vs. 4 and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, FormaL believes that Chicago is primed to win CDL Champs, but that Atlanta is the toughest test ahead.

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Like sniping from the safety of a head glitch, FormaL did not hesitate at all when asked who would Chicago considers the most troubling team in 2021: “Definitely FaZe. FaZe is just another powerhouse … They’re pretty well-rounded, they got an insane amount of talent, they all want to play with each other. It’s just how our team is.”

Pinpointing FaZe’s roster balance, FormaL elaborated that the inclusion of Arcitys simply adds a new element to the competition between Chicago and Atlanta: “Alec’s a really good friend of mine. It’s gonna be really fun to play against him the whole year. You’ve got the Simp, aBeZy duo, you’ve got the Cellium thing … it’s gonna be a good rivalry for sure.”

In 2020, Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris were one of the best SMG duos in the CDL while McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel was an MVP candidate (alongside Simp) in the flex role. When he spoke with Dexerto back in July, Cellium also told us that he thought Arcitys was the best AR in the league.

While respectful of the talent and balance this new FaZe roster enjoys, FormaL was unfazed when asked who wins CDL Champs 2021: “We do. 100 percent.” This coincides with his earlier explanation that the change to 4 vs. 4 suits a Chicago team that prefers that style, is excited to reunite with Dashy, and enjoys Treyarch titles.

Last year, the Empire came first, FaZe came second, and Chicago (at that point, the Huntsmen) came third. This year, FormaL expects to win, FaZe to repeat with silver, and it doesn’t even seem like third place is on his radar: “I don’t know who the f**k comes third, Paris?”