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David Vonderhaar discusses major changes to grenades in Blackout

Published: 17/Oct/2018 10:09 Updated: 17/Oct/2018 10:10

by Ross Deason


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout battle royale mode has been a big hit with the gaming community in the days following its release, but the developers are determined to keep improving it.

David Vonderhaar, Treyarch’s studio design director, took to Twitter to reveal that they are considering overhauling grenades in-game to make it harder to stack them.

“We are thinking a max stack of 1 for most grenades or max total grenades or max total lethals and max/total tacticals,” he said. “We also want to design some new Storage types.”

Vonderhaar went on to explain that these new ‘Storage types’ could potentially allow players to give up another slot in order to carry more grenades: “Sacrifice Backpack in Storage slot to break the above rules. For example: Grenade Bandolier.”

One Twitter user responded to the post to suggest that grenades need longer charge times and perhaps even give off an audio signal for nearby enemies to hear.

Vonderhaar seemed to be a fan of the suggestion, saying: “A charge time with audio warning would go a long way. +1.”

Another user discussed the strength of certain tactical grenades, saying that concussions and flashbangs should not prevent people from changing stance, healing and aiming down sights – blinding people or slowing down aim is enough.

This particular suggestion went down well with the popular Twitch streamer Saqib ‘LIRIK’ Zahid, who has been playing a great deal of the new battle royale.

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Black Ops Cold War CODE Bowl announced: how to watch & participants

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:37

by Tanner Pierce


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.