eUnited CoD pro JKap apologizes for use of homophobic slur - Dexerto
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eUnited CoD pro JKap apologizes for use of homophobic slur

Published: 24/Mar/2019 11:09 Updated: 24/Mar/2019 11:26

by Joe Craven

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Two time Call of Duty world champion Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan has apologized for his use of homophobic language, after it was caught on a fellow CoD pro’s stream.

JKap has been a hot topic in the CoD community of late, after he was moved to a substitute role for eUnited following their disappointing finish at CWL Fort Worth.

There has also been community discussion over his relationship with eUnited teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, and how much this impacted the decision to drop him from the starting line-up.

Red BullJKap and Clayster have teamed before Black Ops 4, winning a world championship together in Advanced Warfare.

It was while referring to Clayster that JKap used the homophobic slur, which was picked up on the stream of 100 Thieves player Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams.

On March 23, JKap issued a public apology via Twitter. JKap explained that he was sorry for using the term and that he let his emotions get the best of him “in the moment”.

Kaplan went on to acknowledge that the use of the term was “unacceptable” and that it “does not reflect my values as a person”. The apology concludes that the behaviour will not be repeated.

I want to apologize for something I said the other day. I let my emotions get the best of me in the moment and used a homophobic slur. This is unacceptable behavior from me and does not reflect my values as a person. I’m sorry for the language I used and it will not happen again.

His apology has received a largely positive response, with fellow Call of Duty pro Renato ‘Saints’ Forza replying “salute bro”, and others generally being forgiving of what happened.

It is clear JKap wants to draw a line under the incident and focus on what’s next in his career, which currently lies in the balance as he sits on the bench of eUnited.

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Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.