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H3CZ and hastr0 implore future CoD devs to help build CDL esports scene

Published: 22/May/2020 5:19

by Brad Norton


Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez and Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail, two of the faces of Call of Duty (CoD) esports, have outlined how future releases in the huge FPS franchise can help the competitive scene boom like never before.

While the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League (CDL) has seen viewership growth over previous years, according to hastr0, there’s supposedly a lot more that CoD developers could be doing to build out the esports scene.

The Chicago Huntsmen and Dallas Empire owners recently came together with Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles on talkshow Essential Esports to discuss how future CoD titles can push the competitive scene in all-new ways.

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H3CZ and hastr0 have been friendly rivals in the CoD scene for many years, but they both agree more can be done to promote the scene in-game.

“The biggest difference in esports that are successful and ones that aren’t, are the ones who are constantly promoting esports to their casual player base,” hastr0 explained. “With Overwatch and CoD, we haven’t even started that yet.”

Players are able to access CDL skins in 2019’s Modern Warfare, but beyond that, teams and events aren’t promoted a great deal. The Huntsmen owner continued: “We haven’t even leveraged the game that much.”

The relevant topic begins at the 21:18 mark.

“Imagine in the next CoD title, when you log in to the game, you’re creating a profile and it says pick your favorite CDL team,” H3CZ said. “Then they start creating content for our teams in the game, advertising the league in the game.”

With different dev teams working on their own franchise titles, we’ve seen a wide array of ideas come and go. Sledgehammer’s WWII had in-game theater, Treyarch’s numerous Black Ops titles had league-play implemented directly. H3CZ and hastr0 argued, however, that the series hasn’t even scratched the surface.

The veteran Call of Duty owners pointed to another thriving esports ecosystem in League of Legends as a leading example for in-game support for esports. Riot’s title has skins, banners, and client alerts for when big matches are being played.

“If we are able to get the support that we need to promote the game the way it should be promoted, the way that [Riot Games] promotes theirs, our possibilities are endless,” H3CZ added.

“This isn’t something you just brush off and let it go and watch it grow. You gotta water this thing, bring your own pale, and dump that water in yourself. That’s what the league is working towards as well.”

“If you’re a game developer or publisher and you want your game to be successful in esports, advertise it in the f***ing game. It’s that simple,” hastr0 said. 

There’s no telling if the next title will have many of these desired features right out of the gate. Perhaps we’re still a few iterations off. But it’s clear that team owners are pushing for esports to be a major focus directly in CoD titles down the line.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton


The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.