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CoDBurner reveals damning news about the future of Red Reserve

Published: 5/Apr/2019 19:18 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 13:58

by Albert Petrosyan

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The infamous CoDBurner has dropped some new claims about prominent esports organization Red Reserve and the future of the professional Call of Duty team.

On April 5, the mysterious Call of Duty insider known as the CoDBurner dropped a new bombshell on Reddit, detailing what exactly is going on behind the scenes at Red Reserve.

Below you can find a full breakdown of everything that was said in the post, as well as the full post itself in its entirety.

Red Reserve weren’t paying players their prize money

According to the CoDBurner, Red Reserve would take the prize money earned by their CoD team at events and then give each players a cut, a common practice in esports.

However, Red Reserve had apparently not paid their players a share of the prize money the earned at last season’s CWL Championships, where the team won $35,000 for placing 7-8th.

The fact that RR had not been paying their players some of the prize money had been hinted at in the past by the players themselves, but news of it is started to surface a little more directly now that the org seems to be falling apart.

According to players, they still haven’t received their prize money from Red Reserve for placing 7-8th at the 2018 CWL Championship last August.

Red Reserve players kicked out of their team house

Very early in the morning on April 5, the Red Reserve players reported that they had been forced to vacate the Red Reserve team house after CEO Patrik Andersson warned them that he was going to stop paying the rent, as the house had been in his name.

As a result, the players began tweeting out information about RR and what had been going on over the past few months, intel that they had kept to themselves with the hope that things would eventually get resolved.

The future of Red Reserve’s pro Call of Duty roster

It’s no secret that Red Reserve’s pro CoD roster has been in an uncertain state of the past few weeks after they had been reportedly dropped by the org mid-season.

The CoDBurner claims that Andersson was having issues with his wife and was thus not finding the time to send out paychecks to players, which prompted them to sign a new contract that would give them control over the CWL Pro League spot if they weren’t paid their salary by the end of the month.

Apparently that is exactly what’s taking place at the moment, as the CoDBurner claims that the org is very close to pulling out of the Pro League and selling their spot to FaZe Clan, something which has also been hinted at by Skrapz during a recent livestream.

If that does turn out to be the case, and the players did indeed sign such a contract, then we could see some of them continue competing together but under the FaZe banner.

With Skrapz (middle right), Zer0 (far left), and Bance (middle left) having announced free agency, only Joee (middle) and Rated (far right) are candidates to join FaZe’s roster if the deal takes place.

However, we already do know that Zer0, Skrapz, and Bance all had already announced free agency, even before all of these issues came to light, which leaves only Rated and Joee that could stick together moving forward.

Who is the CoDBurner?

The CoDBurner is a mysterious member of the competitive Call of Duty community who has posted a lot of insider information about potential roster moves and team changes over the past two years, some of which has turned out to be accurate.

No one has publicly admitted to knowing the identity of the CoDBurner, although the extent of his behind-the-scenes knowledge suggests that he could either be a pro player or a team executive.

You can read the CoDBurner’s full April 5 post down below, or by visiting his page on Reddit:

(4-5-19) red is dead

im sure u all heard the rumors of faze and thats what should happen…faze buying the spot for 20k…im not 100 % on what the roster will be for a few days but ill post when i know for sure.

this is what i know about red and what happened in the middle of the night…

red is one of the orgs that takes the prize money from events and pays the players that after getting their cut…the money rated and skrapz been tweeting about is the prize money from champs which is rightfully theirs. alot of orgs do this and most of them end up paying the players late…remember the other post where i said i know of lots of orgs being in money trouble and some of them not being in cod and its a big thing in esports???

The players asked the owner pat for the money over and over and he kept saying no and then missed a months paycheck this season and his reason was bc his wife was leaving him and he was too busy to send the check. The team wanted to stay together and then got him to sign a new contract saying if he didnt pay them back all the money he owed them by this month then their FA and control the league spot…thats the only good thing he ever did. Red then got new investors bc of their other non esports stuff and the new guys fired the ceo pat when they figured out what he did but they dont want to stay in esports so they decided to sell everything esports related. The team is close to apoc…the guy who worked for rich guy…so hes been helping them out the past few months and been trying to find them new homes.

Last night while their out at the bar at 3am the old ceo pat calls and says to gtfo the house bc its in his name and he wont pay the rent anymore for it and its why the players are tweeting now….its been going on for months and they didnt say anything publicly bc they really wanted to stay together and were hoping an org would want all 5 of them until recently when skrapz wanted to leave and the bance stuff.

Any of the players that dont get picked up by another team quickly need to leave the country…. Alot of orgs in cod and esports owe players money and lots of ppl start to forget about it bc it happens so much

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

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Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

Make sure you bookmark this feature and check out our Call of Duty hub for all the latest CoD 2021 news.