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CoD Mobile players furious over “gambling” style microtransactions

Published: 21/Sep/2020 8:42 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 8:49

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty: Mobile community is fed up with the state of microtransactions when comparing the luck-based system to the guaranteed purchases found in 2019’s Modern Warfare.

Mainline CoD games have gone through numerous iterations of the microtransaction model over the years. Advanced Warfare featured luck-based loot crates, while the latest release has switched to a more consumer-friendly model. Individual packs are on offer which guarantee a specific set of items upon purchase. 

It appears as though CoD Mobile hasn’t quite caught up to this trend, however, and the player base is furious. Randomized loot boxes have been in effect since the game launched, though recent additions to the store have pushed things a step too far, according to the community.

While console and PC players are able to outright purchase what they’re after, mobile gamers have to cross their fingers and hope that the RNG Gods bless them. This led many to compare the current state of the game to a “casino.”

In a specific example, two bundles across the games were compared by Reddit user ‘resperas.’ In the Modern Warfare store, a bundle can contain three Legendary-tier items and seven Epic-tier items. This comes in at $20. On Mobile, a bundle for just a few dollars less reportedly contains two Epic-tier items and a tier skip for the Battle Pass.

“The disparity in value between Modern Warfare bundles and CoD Mobile bundles is immensely large and troublesome,” they said. “CoD Mobile bundles need to be reworked to have higher quality content that matches the pricing.”

Moreover, the mobile experience also features an outdated method of transactions as well. The old luck-based crates that were done away with in core game releases, are still present here in CoD Mobile. “About $10.00 – $15.00 per pull and hoping you get the item you want? That suspiciously sounds like gambling,” they added. “Crates should absolutely be removed.”

To exemplify just how harsh the random drops can be, popular mobile content creator ‘iFerg’ recently made a video on the issue. For just over $300 on loot crates, he came away with just three Rare gun skins and two Rare character skins.

The CoD Mobile community is demanding to see a change to this system. Perhaps with enough backlash, that change could be implemented sooner than later.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun

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Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.