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Hastr0 defends Nadeshot’s decision to pull 100 Thieves from Call of Duty

Published: 30/Aug/2019 1:19 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 13:04

by Andrew Amos


Team Envy CEO Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail defended Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag after 100 Thieves released a statement saying they will not be playing in the Call of Duty League 2020.

100 Thieves released a video statement on August 29 announcing their departure from CoD at the end of the 2019 season, citing the buy-in to the new franchised league to be “too much” for the organization.

Fans of the franchise have expressed their disappointment of the team’s departure from the scene, with hastr0 being one of many to comment on the situation.

Eric Ananmalay/ESPAT Media100 Thieves, who won two tournaments during the 2019 CWL season, will not be in CoD esports come 2020.

The Dallas franchise owner highlighted the financial risks of a team entering the Call of Duty World League, which is moving to a franchised model in 2020. The buy-in of $25 million requires large upfront investment which some organisations have chosen not to front up.

“I can understand [100 Thieves’] decision to not take that risk,” he said. “I can also understand how bought in 100 Thieves are with that brand and for us [at Envy], it’s the same thing.”

Envy’s brand has revolved around the Call of Duty scene since it started in 2007, and organisations like FaZe Clan, OpTic Gaming, and 100 Thieves have their roots embedded into the game’s competitive scene as well. Hastr0 said that it would have been “hard to let that go” for Nadeshot and 100 Thieves.

Twitter: EnvyEnvy is confirmed for CDL 2020 as the Dallas franchise.

On a personal level, hastr0 felt emotional about having one of Call of Duty’s most iconic figures step away from the scene.

“It’s a little bit emotional to see guys that I competed against for so many years having to bow out of this competition now,” he admitted. “It’s a little surreal to be honest because I feel like we are now missing this organ – because it is like a vital part of what competitive Call of Duty was.”

However, the CEO is looking forward to the future of Call of Duty esports and the Dallas franchise.

“We are going to have to create something new, we are going to need a huge capital investment, and I honestly think what drove [Envy] to do something like that was the fact that we did plan to flag in Dallas.”

“We are Dallas’ home team right now in regard to what we have going with the Overwatch League.”

With 100 Thieves not entering CDL 2020, franchises like Dallas’ might be able to snap up some top-quality talent, including one or more members of 100T’s former roster.

Keep up with all of the off-season roster moves and team changes via our dedicated CoD franchising RosterMania hub.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.