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CoD players claim Modern Warfare’s lobby is causing PS4s to overheat

Published: 26/Jun/2020 16:31

by Daniel Cleary

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A bizarre issue with Modern Warfare and Warzone’s lobby screen in-game is seemingly causing Playstation 4’s to overheat following claims from multiple Call of Duty personalities such as Jkap and Attach.

The release of Modern Warfare and its free battle royale mode, Warzone, has been quite successful in recent months, attracting tens of millions of players to the franchise.

However, unfortunately, some PS4 owners have noticed a major issue with the FPS title, following reports that their consoles were overheating when left on certain screens in-game.

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Infinity Ward
Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and Warzone lobby screens are seemingly causing some major PS4 issues.

The issue was recently brought up after Call of Duty pro Dillon ‘Attach’ Price shared a clip of the noise his PS4 was making, even comparing it to the sound of a “jet engine,” while playing the game on June 25.

The NY Subliners star asked for any advice on how to fix it and fellow CoD pro Jordan ‘Jkap’ Kaplan responded to the post, claiming that he had also experienced the same issue, highlighting that it was most noticeable in Modern Warfare’s lobby screen, before queueing for a match.

“Mine has been the same way lately, sounds like a plane about to take off every time I’m sitting in a lobby” the two-time world champion explained.

Their discussion resulted in a lot of feedback from other Modern Warfare and Warzone players who had dealt with the issue, with one fan even demonstrating their Ps4 turning itself off after overheating in the lobby.

After Jkap reached out to Infinity Ward to address the issue, Call of Duty YouTuber XclusiveAce also chimed in, seemingly confirming that the problem was stemming from the lobby screen.

“I always back out to the title screen when I want to keep the game on standby without the PS4 preparing for take off while I’m working,” he revealed.

Many have speculated that the issue might be caused by the walking character models in the background, following claims that the lobby screen seemingly has an uncapped frame rate.

As of now, Infinity Ward has not responded to the issue and it is unclear if there is any way to fix it besides, as some have previously mentioned, switching to different screens such as the loadout customization to lessen the problem.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Call of Duty League
Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.