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CoD caster Benson no longer with CDL amid “misconduct” rumors

Published: 14/Jul/2020 20:19 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 21:22

by Virginia Glaze

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Call of Duty caster Ben ‘Benson’ Bowie has confirmed that he is no longer with Activision or the Call of Duty League.

In a Tweet on July 14, Benson announced that he was “no longer” in his roles at Activision and the CDL, but couldn’t divulge more due to advice from legal council.

“Hey friends, in case it is not clear, I’m no longer with Activision & the CDL!” the caster wrote. “Unfortunately, I can’t say much due to advice from legal council (that should tell you everything).”

However, Bowie likewise claimed that the past week “has been the best week of my life, hands down,” and promised more information soon.

The caster’s step down from the CDL comes in wake of the firing of fellow caster Philip ‘Momo’ Whitfield, who was released from the company due to inappropriate text messages he’d sent to women in the scene.

While Benson himself has not confirmed the reason for his parting with the CDL, a post on Reddit has claimed that he was let go for similar reasons to Momo.

Esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau said on a podcast on July 13 that another CDL caster had been let go due to similar reasons as in the Momo case, immediately sparking speculation.

The Reddit post was made by Emilia Rose, a competitive Call of Duty player, who was one of the women who reported Momo. Although she says that she did not also report Benson, she claims “he was definitely let go from the CDL for similar reasons to Momo.”

The other caster that Rod "Slasher" Breslau leaked as being fired for sexual misconduct was infact Benson. from CoDCompetitive

On July 1, Benson tweeted that he had received “an incredible offer” – his first indication that he was moving on from casting the CDL.

Benson was one of the most prominent casters on CDL broadcasts, and had also casted for Activision prior to the franchised league, in the CWL (Call of Duty World League). He has been a Call of Duty caster since 2013, first with MLG. He has also worked on soccer broadcasts in the US.

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Black Ops Cold War CODE Bowl announced: how to watch & participants

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:37

by Tanner Pierce

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Activision has announced the second iteration of the CODE Bowl, which brings together high-profile esports players and members of the US and UK military esports teams to help raise money for the Call of Duty Endowment. Here’s what you need to know.

The Call of Duty Endowment has been raising money for veterans for a while now. The company, which was started in 2009, helps veterans find jobs after their deployment. In 2019, the owner of the company, Activision, held the first Modern Warfare CODE Bowl, which brought together major streamers and members of the US Army esports team.

Fast forward to December 2020 and Activision is continuing this tradition with two major changes: Black Ops Cold War is the name of the game this time around, and members of the UK military will also be participating. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the tournament.

Who’s participating?

Like last year’s tournament, the 2020 CODE Bowl will feature teams made up of famous streamers/pro-players, including Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, TeeP, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, and Spratt. According to Activision, more will be announced in the near future.

Beyond that, however, those players will be joined by members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Space Force, as well as members of the UK British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

In addition, each team will be coached by a “Call of Duty League professional” but the exact list of those people has yet to be announced.

Currently, it’s unknown how the teams will be split, but all in all, it should make for a pretty interesting dynamic.

How can I watch the 2020 CODE Bowl?

According to Activision, the 2020 CODE Bowl is set to take place on December 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM GMT. If you’re unsure about what time that is in your area, we’ve broken it down for you below:

  • 1 PM EST
  • 10 AM PST
  • 3 AM JST (Saturday, December 12, 2020)
  • 5 AM AEDT (Saturday, December 12, 2020)

In addition, the event will be streamed entirely on Call of Duty’s YouTube and Twitch channels. It’s currently unknown if the event is going to be streamed on the above players’ respective accounts, but one would imagine they would be. Embeds for each stream will be added once they become available.