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Former Denial CoD pro accuses org of lying and not paying salaries [UPDATED]

Published: 13/May/2019 22:05 Updated: 13/May/2019 23:36

by Albert Petrosyan


A professional Call of Duty player who formerly represented Denial Esports has accused the organization of failing to pay players the salaries they were due. 

On May 13, French player Nathan ‘Natshay’ Dupuis posted a long message on Twitter leveling some serious accusations against Denial and their CEO Zachary Smith.

In the post, Natshay claimed that, despite all of the players having signed contracts, the org continued to stall and delay their salary payments until they were eventually released from the team. 

According to the accusations, Zachary Smith failed to maintain a proper line of communication with the players, and that they continued to compete at the CWL Pro League and CWL Fort Worth, despite not having received any of they money they were due.

In addition, Natshay alleged that Denial did not tell them about the impending roster changes until last minute, when Rated, Joee, Bance, Alexx, and Brack were brought on as part of a total roster overhaul. 

Natshay (middle right) competed for Denial Esports at CWL Fort Worth and in the first half of the Pro League before getting released along with most of the players.

Natshay revealed that, around the time when they were being dropped, they were contacted by a lawyer and told that their contracts were structured in a way where the players were not actually owed any money.

“The lawyer said that, on our contract, there was no salary, so we deserved $0,” he wrote. “We signed a paper that is the law, which says we have $5,000 salary per month and this paper was seen by MLG and signed by Denial. But according to them, this paper has no value.”

As far as Denial’s involvement in the Pro League goes, Natshay went on to claim that the org did not pay Overtime eSport for their spot in the league, unlike how FaZe Clan and Elevate purchased the spots of Red Reserve and Excelerate Gaming respectively.

CWLNatshay was part of the Overtime Esports roster that qualified for the Pro League, although he alleges that Denial did not pay the org for that spot.

Natshay and co, of course, were part of the Overtime roster that originally qualified for the Pro League, but the roster was subsequently purchased by Denial prior to the start of the league.

His full post regarding the situation is available both as it was originally written in French, as well the translated version in English

UPDATE – May 13

Shortly after Natshay first published his post, CEO Zachary Smith posted a tweet calling the allegations “false,” and saying that he will speak with his team internally about the matter.

Denial in hot water again

If Natshay’s accusations turn out to be true, it would not be the first time that Denial would be mired in controversy involving money owed to players.

In fact, that was one of the biggest reasons that the org went through a major down period, as unpaid salaries and fees, consistent stonewalling by upper-management, and legal action caused them to slide off the radar. 

When Denial made their comeback, former CEO Robby Rignalda publicly apologized for his “mismanagement” that led to the org’s initial downfall, and claimed that the new CEO Smith had “righted his wrongs” and “was turning the Denial brand in what it once was.” 

More salary controversy in CWL Pro League

Natshay’s accusations resurface the salary controversy that has struck the CWL Pro League already several times this season.

Prior to them selling their spot to Elevate, Excelerate Gaming were accused of blackmailing players and refusing to pay salary. Similarly, Midnight Esports, who are still in the league, had allegedly forced their players to sign contracts they did not agree with.

With all that considered, it will be worth keeping an eye on the Denial situation to see what kind of conclusion it comes to. As always, we will update this article with any new information as it becomes available.

Last updated: May 13 – 4:00 PM EST

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Best KSP 45 loadout Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 11:59

by James Busby


Black Ops Cold War is certainly no stranger to burst fire weapons, particularly those of the assault rifle kind. However, there is also one SMG that shares this firing pattern. Here are all the attachments you should be using to unleash the KSP 45’s full potential.

The KSP 45 may not be your go-to SMG in Black Ops Cold War, especially when the likes of the MP5 and Milano dominate the category. However, despite being a three-round burst weapon, the KSP 45 offers great damage and decent range. Only one burst is needed to drop an enemy in close-quarters engagements, while two are needed at mid-range. 

This deadly gun blends both AR and SMG playstyle together, making it a great choice for those that want to remain competitive across all distances. In order to help you get the most out of the KSP 45 in Treyarch’s latest title, we’ve created a loadout that will help you secure more frags in no time. 

Best KSP 45 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

KSP 45
Activision / Treyarch
This loadout balances the KSP 45’s range and close-quarter effectiveness.

Here’s how you need to kit out your KS5 45 SMG to dish out the most damage across all ranges. 


  • Barrel: 10.5 Reinforced Heavy 
  • Body: SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Front Grip
  • Magazine: 42 RND
  • Stock: Tactical Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Whether you prefer to seek out close-quarter firefights or take down foes in mid-range engagements with deadly precision, then this KSP 45 loadout will enable you to do just that. The 10.5 Reinforced Heavy increases the SMG’s effectiveness at range and bolsters its bullet velocity. 

Combine this with the horizontal recoil control from the Front Grip and you have an extremely accurate SMG. While the KSP 45 will still struggle to outgun the game’s meta assault rifles, you’ll at least have a fighting chance. After all, being able to take down mid-range targets in just two bursts is hardly anything to scoff at. 

Meanwhile, the SWAT 5MW Laser Sight improves the gun’s hip-fire accuracy. Mobility and ADS speed remains a big part of Black Ops Cold War, especially when you’re playing on maps like Nuketwon ‘84. As a result, being able to accurately kill any targets without ever looking down your gun’s sights is great.

The 42 RND Mags ensure you have plenty of ammo when it comes to snagging those game-winning multi-kills. Lastly, the Tactical Stock increases aim walking movement speed, enabling you to keep on your toes and quickly sweep those corners. 

KSP 45 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The KSP 45 may not be as dominant as the MP5, but it still packs a punch.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Assassin enables you to shut down any enemies that are currently on killstreaks, while Scavenger keeps your ammunition reserves healthy. Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep you hidden from pesky enemy spy planes and silences your footsteps. 

In terms of equipment, we’ve chosen the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic items. Having the healing from Stimshot will keep you fighting, while the Field Mic allows you to pick up on any enemy movements. 

So there you have it, an extremely deadly and versatile KSP 45 loadout. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel