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Could the Call of Duty: Blackout beta be returning? [UPDATED]

Published: 20/Sep/2018 11:03 Updated: 20/Sep/2018 14:42

by Matt Porter

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Update: Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the Blackout beta will not be returning anytime before Black Ops 4’s launch on October 12.


Rumors are circulating that the massively popular Call of Duty: Blackout beta could be making a return on Thursday, September 20, based on hints given by some popular streamers.

The Blackout beta was live between September 10 and September 17, and gave players a chance to get their hands on the brand new battle royale mode that will be making its debut in Black Ops 4.

The beta was a massive success, with fans and streamers alike saying how impressed they were. Now, it seems like a couple of major Twitch streamers may be dropping hints that we haven’t seen the last of Blackout before Black Ops 4 officially releases on October 12.

All of the streamers who have hinted at the return of the beta are involved in the ‘Doritos Bowl’, a Blackout event being held at Twitchcon on October 27. While this doesn’t confirm that the beta is returning, it could perhaps add some legitimacy to the rumours.

Shroud was playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with fellow streamer Chad Goff on September 19 when he said “Blackout tomorrow, woo!” before quickly backtracking by repeating “No, no.” while Chad questioned the statement.

Elsewhere, rock band Avenged Sevenfold announced on Twitter that the new music video for their song ‘Mad Hatter’ would be exclusively premiering on Dr. DisRespect’s stream on September 20. While this would line up with Shroud’s comment, it’s worth noting that ‘Mad Hatter’ was made specifically for Black Ops 4s Zombies mode, and the Doc is also set to host a PUBG tournament on the same day.

Another popular streamer in the form of Jake “ChocoTaco” Throop dropped a hint recently that he didn’t think fans had seen the last of the Blackout beta. When a fan in his chat stated “This is it, no more betas,” the Chicago native replied by saying “Uh, Just wait and see about that, I would say”.

Of course, all of these hints are far from concrete, and we may not see the return of the Blackout beta before the mode launches with the full Black Ops 4 game on October 12. 

There has been no official announcement from Treyarch or Activision regarding the beta.

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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.