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How to access the Black Ops Cold War Beta early through Twitch

Published: 14/Oct/2020 7:56 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:50

by Brad Norton


The Black Ops Cold War Beta will soon be available across all platforms with early access for those with a preorder. However, Activision just revealed a new way to jump in early without spending a dime.

If you’re on PlayStation 4, there’s a good chance you already checked out the Beta last weekend. But if you’re on Xbox or PC, October 15 is your first opportunity to jump into Treyarch’s new title. Those that pre-purchase the game on their platform of choice get two days of early access.


For everyone else, the Beta will be completely public across all platforms from October 17 onwards. If you can’t wait that long, but you also can’t preorder the game just yet, fear not. Activision has announced another method of getting into the Beta early.

It couldn’t be simpler and you’ll be able to start grinding in no time with this new feature. Here’s everything you need to know.


Accessing the Black Ops Cold War Beta through Twitch

If you just can’t wait to try out Black Ops Cold War, Twitch will come in handy over the next few days. Just for watching your favorite Call of Duty streamers, you’ll be able to earn access to the Beta in no time at all.

Unlike other games that have used a similar drop system through Twitch, there’s no luck involved here. All you have to do is watch Twitch streams and you’ll be handed Beta access without a hassle.

In fact, it’s guaranteed for every single person that wants one.

Twitch Black Ops Cold War beta
You can enter the Black Ops Cold War Beta early thanks to Twitch.

All three major platforms will be live at the exact same time. However, this method is only applicable to those on PC as you’ll need Battle.Net for it to work. Follow the steps below to get access as soon as possible:

1. Ensure your Battle.Net account is linked to Twitch

Click here to check your connections on Twitch. It’s here that you’ll be able to find the Battle.Net application and link it directly to your Twitch account.

Once that’s sorted, you’ll then need to check your connections through Battle.Net as well. Click through here to verify the link between Twitch and Battle.Net.


2. Watch four hours of Black Ops Cold War on Twitch

As soon as the Beta goes live, select Twitch streamers will have drops-enabled on their channels. You’ll need to pay close attention and make sure that the stream you’re watching has an icon with drops clearly visible. 

So long as you’ve found a streamer that meets the criteria, sit back, enjoy four hours of gameplay, and just like that the Beta will be yours on PC.

Black Ops Cold War Beta
The second weekend of the Beta will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The Beta goes live on October 15 at 10 AM PT. Meaning that you’ll be able to start playing at 2PM PT at the earliest if you watch all four hours right out of the gate.

If you’re happy to wait or simply can’t keep Twitch open for the four hours, the Beta will be public on October 17 at 10 AM PT.

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Best Milano 821 loadouts for Black Ops Cold War beta

Published: 12/Oct/2020 11:42

by Connor Bennett


The Milano 821 SMG has started to stand out from the pack during the Black Ops Cold War beta. So, we’ve got a few classes you can use once it starts back up again. 

As we creep ever closer to the release of Black Ops Cold War, CoD fans have had their chance to get involved with early access through the Alpha and Beta. 


In the Alpha, weapons like the XM4 and AK74U immediately stood out – especially in the hands of Call of Duty League pros. In the Beta, however, other weapons have got their moment in the spotlight.

The Milano, otherwise known as the Uzi, has been making a case to be known as the best SMG around. So, if you want to rock it like the pros do, we’ve got a few helpful set-ups that should help when the Beta starts back up again.

Black Ops Cold war characters fighting
The Black Ops Cold War beta has given CoD fans the chance to play the new game.

Close-quarters loadout for Milano 821

This first set up is perhaps better suited to objective game modes or when you want to really get up close and personal with an enemy.

Equipping the steady aim laser as the body, with the Foregrip as the underbarrel, and the Impact Handle as the handle will give you better control in tight situations. The Tactical Stock also helps on top of that. 

The 8.8 Extended barrel will help the weapon’s muzzle speed. This is the sort of setup that you can rip through unsuspecting enemies with if you manage to hit a well-timed flank. 

  • Barrel: 8.8 Extended 
  • Body: Steady aim laser
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Handle: Impact Handle
  • Stock: Tactical Stock
Milano 821 in Black Ops Cold War gunsmith
YouTube: VVaby
YouTuber VVaby has been rocking this setup for the Milano.

Minimal recoil loadout for Milano 821

If your playstyle is more reactionary rather than barreling in headfirst and leading the attack, well, you’ll need to be able to draw the 821 out a little quicker than usual. 

Well, that’s where the Quickdraw Handle and Tactical Stock come into play. You’ll be able to draw the weapon much with them attached, while the Foregrip and Muzzle Break will help with the recoil. 

  • Barrel: 9.7 Cavalry Lancer 
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
  • Handle: Quickdraw Handle
  • Stock: Tactical Stock

While these loadouts and weapon setups are helping some players, you might find that a tiny tweak helps you. Say, adding a magazine instead of a barrel or muzzle.


Though, you won’t know until you try it out. If you haven’t been able to get into the Black Ops Cold War beta so far, it opens up again on October 15-16 for Xbox, PS4, and PC early access players. October 17-19 will be the open for everyone period, so you will get a chance to test it if you want to.