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David Vonderhaar and Shroud Discuss the Possibility of Cross-Platform Play and Twitch Prime Loot for Blackout

Published: 11/Sep/2018 9:20 Updated: 11/Sep/2018 9:51

by Ross Deason


If you’re still hoping to see Call of Duty’s Blackout Battle Royale mode introduce the option to play cross-platform, you should probably stop holding your breath.

Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar was playing day one of the Blackout beta release with Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, one of the biggest streamers on Twitch, when the former CS:GO pro asked “is there going to be crossplay for this game?”

Vonderhaar quickly responded in much the same way that he has when asked the question previously, saying “I don’t think so” before elaborating with “I wouldn’t rule anything out but no specific plan”. 

Shroud seemed to be happy with the news, saying “okay, that’s good”, but there are sure to be some disappointed players out there that were hoping to have the chance to play with friends on different platforms.

It is unlikely that cross-platform play would even be a conversation if not for Fortnite Battle Royale’s introduction of it in 2018 – the ability to play on a PC or mobile device with friends on Xbox or PlayStation 4 has proven to be a big hit in that game.

While crossplay might be off of the cards for the time being, Vonderhaar doesn’t rule out the possibility of other cool items and rewards being added to the game by Treyarch over time.

When asked by shroud whether they are considering implementing a Twitch Prime loot system, he plays his cards close to his chest but does say “I bet we’ll do all sorts of crazy stuff”.

The ability to link game accounts with Twitch prime accounts, and unlock exclusive Twitch Prime content in the process, has been a popular introduction to games like Overwatch, Fortnite and Rainbow Six Siege.

The first day of the Blackout beta revealed a great deal of information about the game’s future. With the beta set to run until September 17, you can guarantee that we’ll be hearing a whole lot more about Treyarch’s plans over the next few days.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.