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Have Black Ops 4’s servers been downgraded?

Published: 20/Oct/2018 17:35 Updated: 20/Oct/2018 17:45

by Vincent Genova


A new study shows that Black Ops 4’s servers may have been downgraded from 60Hz to 20Hz.

The Black Ops 4 beta was as smooth as a pre-release game can get, with multiple tests confirming the game was running on dedicated servers with a 60Hz send rate from both client and server sides.

Even when the game launched on October 17, Black Ops 4’s multiplayer performance was relatively smooth. However, the following days revealed increased reports of kill-trading, unbalanced corner peeking and poor hit registration.

According to a new study by reddit user Smcro, Black Ops 4’s multiplayer is currently running at only 20Hz from the server side, a significant downgrade from the 60Hz the game was using earlier.

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Hz is a measure of how many times per second information is sent. Since Black Ops 4 runs at 60 frames per second on consoles, a 60Hz send rate from the client side (the consoles in your lobby) and the server side (the dedicated server) would mean that every frame on your screen is an accurate representation of what is happening in the match. 

However a 20Hz send rate from the server side means that two out of every three frames could contain information that has not been updated from the other clients in the match, which could lead to frustrating moments like being shot from around a corner.

It should be noted that Smcro’s test was performed on PS4 only and may not be indicative of performance on Xbox and PC.

It is also possible that the servers were only temporarily downgraded while Treyarch is fixing other bugs and figuring out how to handle launch period server stress, which also includes the incredibly taxing Blackout mode.

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Call of Duty: WW2 was also 60Hz from both the client and server sides and launch period stress caused the game’s dedicated servers to temporarily go offline. They were later restored at their original performance.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:22

by Bill Cooney


The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challnegers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Challengers Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

This article is currently being updated.