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How to Play the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Multiplayer and Blackout Beta

Published: 1/Aug/2018 17:33 Updated: 2/Aug/2018 17:04

by Calum Patterson


The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private beta is now only a day away, and to ensure you don’t miss out, here’s everything you need to know to get involved.

The multiplayer beta begins for PS4 players first on August 3 at 10am PT, and will run until Monday August 6 at these same times.

The following weekend, August 10-13, the beta will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC – but only if you have pre-ordered the game. On Saturday August 11, all PC players will be able to play the beta without a pre-order.

The only guaranteed way for console players to get into the beta is by pre-ordering the game. You can do this at a retailer, or digitally on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store or for PC.

If you pre-order at a retailer, you will be given a token to redeem on the Call of Duty website. this will then give you the code for your platform of choice, console/PC.

If you pre-ordered digitally via the PlayStation or Xbox One store, you don’t need a code. You will be able to download the beta through the store as soon as it becomes available.

You will be able to pre-load the beta onto your console so you can jump right in straight away. Pre-loading should become available at 10am PT (1pm ET, 6pm BST) on Thursday August 2. You will also likely need around 20 GB of free space on your console to download the beta.

*UPDATE: Pre-loading is now available for digital pre-orders on PS4 – simply go the PlayStation store and search for Black Ops 4.

In previous Call of Duty beta’s you did not need a PlayStation Plus membership to play. However, you did need Xbox Live Gold.

Also, while your progress from the multiplayer beta will not carry over into the full game, you will receive some neat rewards for playing. 

If you reach max level in the beta, you will earn a permanent unlock token when the full game launches. Just for playing the beta, you will receive a calling card in the full game.


Blackout, the new battle royale mode coming to Black Ops 4, will not be available in the mulitplayer beta.

For that you will need to wait until September, but no set dates have been announced yet by Activision/Treyarch.

You will not need a separate code or token for the Blackout beta however, so if you have access to the muliplayer one, you will also automatically be able to play the Blackout beta too.

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Black Ops Cold War CODE Bowl announced: how to watch & participants

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:37

by Tanner Pierce


Activision has announced the second iteration of the CODE Bowl, which brings together high-profile esports players and members of the US and UK military esports teams to help raise money for the Call of Duty Endowment. Here’s what you need to know.

The Call of Duty Endowment has been raising money for veterans for a while now. The company, which was started in 2009, helps veterans find jobs after their deployment. In 2019, the owner of the company, Activision, held the first Modern Warfare CODE Bowl, which brought together major streamers and members of the US Army esports team.

Fast forward to December 2020 and Activision is continuing this tradition with two major changes: Black Ops Cold War is the name of the game this time around, and members of the UK military will also be participating. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the tournament.

Who’s participating?

Like last year’s tournament, the 2020 CODE Bowl will feature teams made up of famous streamers/pro-players, including Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, TeeP, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, and Spratt. According to Activision, more will be announced in the near future.

Beyond that, however, those players will be joined by members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Space Force, as well as members of the UK British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

In addition, each team will be coached by a “Call of Duty League professional” but the exact list of those people has yet to be announced.

Currently, it’s unknown how the teams will be split, but all in all, it should make for a pretty interesting dynamic.

How can I watch the 2020 CODE Bowl?

According to Activision, the 2020 CODE Bowl is set to take place on December 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM GMT. If you’re unsure about what time that is in your area, we’ve broken it down for you below:

  • 1 PM EST
  • 10 AM PST
  • 3 AM JST (Saturday, December 12, 2020)
  • 5 AM AEDT (Saturday, December 12, 2020)

In addition, the event will be streamed entirely on Call of Duty’s YouTube and Twitch channels. It’s currently unknown if the event is going to be streamed on the above players’ respective accounts, but one would imagine they would be. Embeds for each stream will be added once they become available.