How to watch Hitch's Black Ops 2 LAN tournament ft Crimsix, Karma & more - teams, schedule, stream, format - Dexerto
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How to watch Hitch’s Black Ops 2 LAN tournament ft Crimsix, Karma & more – teams, schedule, stream, format

Published: 25/Sep/2019 21:44 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 22:21

by Albert Petrosyan

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Former OpTic Gaming content creator and videographer Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards has organized a throwback Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 tournament with the help of Activision, and we’ve got everything there is to know about it.

With the Black Ops 4 season having already wrapped up, competitive Call of Duty is in a bit of a lull right now, which is why Hitch has decided to put together a BO2 tournament featuring some biggest names in the community, both past and present.

Competing in this event will be top pro players, rosters, and prominent figures from the Search & Destroy scene, all facing off in what will be the first ever throwback event played on LAN.

The official name of this competition is the Team Summertime Movember Invitational – a partnership between Hitch’s content team TST and Movember, a charity that “tackles men’s health on a global scale.” 

Also involved is EsportsStadium, a large dedicated esports facility based in Arlington, Texas, which is where this event will be hosted.

Schedule

The tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, with the action kicking off at 10 AM PST / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST on both days.

The event will be livestreamed on EsportsStadium’s official Twitch channel, which we’ve included below for your convenience. 

Watch live video from esportsstadium on www.twitch.tv

Teams and Rosters

There will be a total of eight teams competing in this tournament, with rosters featuring a mix of pro players, both active and retired, as well as S&D stars who have been around the community for a long time.

  • Gunless, Arcitys, Prestinni, Envoy
  • Kenny, Rallied, Blazt, Mutex
  • Burns, Sender, Blfire, Foreplayy
  • Aches, Crimsix, Karma, Clayster
  • Killa, Parasite, MBoZe, Mosh
  • Realize, Gucci, Remy, Equip
  • Johnny, Twizz, Nelson, TcM
  • Xotic, Mochila, 2Pac, TTiny

Clayster is filling in for TeePee in the old compLexity/Evil Geniuses roster that was one the most dominant ever, while MBoZe and Mosh are taking Karma’s and Mirx’s spots in the iconic Fariko Impact team that took first place in the Call of Duty Championship 2013 during Black Ops 2.

MLGAlthough they won’t be all playing together, Fariko Impact’s legendary BO2 roster will be well represented at Hitch’s throwback event.

Format

While the exact details of the tournament structure haven’t been laid out, Hitch has confirmed that the main competitive modes – Hardpoint, S&D, and Capture the Flag – will all be featured, as well as iconic maps like Raid, Standoff, and Slums. 


Of course, we will continue to bring you the latest on this tournament as more information gets revealed between now and the starting date. 

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.