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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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Modern Warfare & Warzone Oct 28 update nerfs JAK-12 shotgun: patch notes

Published: 28/Oct/2020 17:32

by Theo Salaun

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A new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone patch, deployed on October 28, nerfs Season 6’s JAK-12 shotgun while addressing a few bugged issues across Verdansk and multiplayer playlists.

The R9-0 shotgun with Dragon’s Breath rounds may be the most popular shottie in Call of Duty right now, following nerfs to the Origin-12, but it’s not the one Infinity Ward is most concerned with fixing. Instead, the developers have tuned the JAK-12, explicitly addressing two of its attachments: the Drum Mags and FRAG-12 Ammo.

While players, and particularly Warzone fans, may feel that the R9-0 is the hefty close-quarters gun most worthy of adjustments, Infinity Ward have gotten ahead of the curve and looked to fix its recent peer. The two nerfs to the JAK-12 contrastingly impact its mobility when stocked with a drum and its firing rate when stocked with the somewhat-recently buffed shotgun slugs.

Elsewhere, the developers have made some changes to playlists due to bugs and fixed some exploits. Unfortunately, Shipment still remains off of the menu.

JAK-12 loadout
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This JAK-12 loadout is an absolute monster in close-quarter firefights

In Season 6, Infinity Ward buffed shotgun slugs so that they would feel more accurate and register hits at further ranges. This, coupled with the surprising efficiency of the JAK-12’s drums, likely prompted the nerfs to both sorts of ammunition attachments. But, with 8-R Dragon’s Breath rounds still available, the gun hasn’t been rendered unusable.

As for the other adjustments made with this patch, they mostly surround smaller bugs and exploits. In Verdansk, a Warzone bunker has been reopened, a Zombie Royale exploit has been fixed, and Durable Gas Masks have been removed (but they were already very rare anyway). In multiplayer, the pumpkin heads are back in action while Snipers Only (TDM) has been removed from the playlist due to a bug, with Gunfight – Snipers Only (3v3) taking its place.

October 28 full patch notes

WEAPONS:

  • JAK-12:
    • Reduced movement and ADS speed on JAK-12 Drum Mags
    • Reduced rate of fire on JAK-12 FRAG-12 ammo
    • Updating the JAK-12 FRAG-12 ammo description to say ‘slugs’

GENERAL FIXES:

  • Fix for an issue where the code for Bunker 3 wasn’t functioning as intended
  • Fix for an issue with the Riot Shield that would only occur when players obtained the pumpkin head after getting 3+ kills (pumpkin heads are back on!)
  • Fix for an exploit in Zombie Royale
  • Temporarily removing the Durable Gas Masks from Warzone
  • Removing Snipers Only (TDM) while we fix a bug. We’ll be replacing this mode with Gunfight – Snipers Only (3v3)