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Censor reveals his Black Ops 4 dream team

Published: 21/Oct/2018 23:29 Updated: 21/Oct/2018 23:35

by Vincent Genova

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Retired Call of Duty pro Censor answered a question from a fan about building his competitive dream team in Black Ops 4.

The former compLexity member brought up some big names, saying that Slasher, Scump, Crimsix and Apathy would be his dream squad for the 5v5 of Black Ops 4.

“That would be my most fun and dominant team,” explained Censor.

He continued, “I know if I teamed up with OpTic Crimisix, the OpTic Crimsix the most successful Call of Duty player of all time, you bring back Slasher and [Apathy]. Then you get [Scump], that would be a fun team, some good content and a lot of dubs.”

Half of Censor’s dream team already happened in Advanced Warfare when Censor, Apathy, Slasher and ACHES won MLG Columbus for FaZe.

Scump and Crimsix have not teamed with Censor before, though it is not hard to see why the successful OpTic stars would be on Censor’s shortlist.

Despite committing to compete in Black Ops 4, a late moving roster window left Censor without a team.

He was originally signed on with Evil Geniuses but was dropped for Felo after a flurry of late signings made the former eU player available.

Frustrated at the prospect of having to build his own roster out of Rostermania scraps, Censor instead chose to retire for the Black Ops 4 season.

He mentions his dream team in the video below, at the 6:32 mark.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.