Censor to Appear Alongside Host NAMELESS On Next CoD Cast Episode from CWL Pro League - Dexerto
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Censor to Appear Alongside Host NAMELESS On Next CoD Cast Episode from CWL Pro League

Published: 27/May/2018 17:18 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Calum Patterson

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Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler has confirmed the next line up of professional Call of Duty players set to appear on the upcoming CoD Cast episode, live from Columbus at the CWL Pro League.

NAMELESS began the CoD Cast series following his recent retirement from competing, and the show has quickly become a fan favorite, providing insight from the pro players themselves which viewers are not accustomed to.

With Stage Two of the CWL Pro League underway, NAMELESS is out in Columbus at the MLG Arena, not as a player but as part of the casting and analysis on camera crew in his new role.

But despite working full time with MLG, he didn’t want to put the CoD Cast on hold considering the momentum it was building, and so has taken his streaming equipment out to Columbus to do the podcast in person with the players.

During Division A, he did two full CoD Cast episodes, the first with Echo Fox, FaZe and Team Envy players, and the second was an all European line up, with players from Splyce and Red Reserve.

With Division B starting on Tuesday, May 29th, NAMELESS has already arranged the lineup for the first CoD Cast with the next set of teams, recruiting some of the top players to take part.

CompLexity Gaming’s Doug “Censor” Martin and Rise Nation duo Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat and Daniel “Loony” Loza have all been confirmed.

This trio is known to be some of the more outspoken players, and so should make for a great episode with plenty insider knowledge and opinions being shared.

They will likely run through the results so far in Division A and their predictions for Division B, and with these three on the show their will likely be some juicy trash talk too.

You can watch the CoD Cast live via NAMELESS’ Twitch Channel, and it is also later posted on his YouTube and iTunes.

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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.