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Infinity Ward respond to bizarre Warzone Superstore money glitch

Published: 31/Aug/2020 10:06

by Connor Bennett

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare devs have responded to a bizarre Warzone glitch that is giving players unlimited stacks cash inside of Superstore. 

Since it launched back in March, Warzone has been a huge success for Call of Duty – with new players flocking to the unique battle royale for a taste of what Verdansk has to offer. 

Despite the immense success, it hasn’t been completely smooth sailing for Warzone. Players have had games completely ruined by the demon gun glitch, found themselves being able to ‘wallhack’ because buildings haven’t loaded, and even been tossed into the Gulag without even fighting an enemy. 

In recent days, though, players who decide to start off at Superstore have been getting a helping hand from the game as they’ve been able to pick up ridiculous stacks of cash. 

Superstore outside shot from Warzone
Activision
Superstore is a hugely popular drop spot for players who want to rack up early kills.

If you haven’t dropped into Superstore, what’s been happening is that players have been able to pick up the Plunder duffle bags of cash instead of the usual stacks that they’d find in Warzone. 

For some reason, this only happens at Superstore and players can end up with more money than they’ll ever need for a normal Warzone game – meaning they can stock up on killstreaks, loadout drops, and more. 

The devs have taken note of this bug by opening a ticket and having it labeled as ‘in progress’ on their public Trello board which means that they’re attempting to find a fix. 

Screenshot of a Trello page
Screenshot via Trello
The Devs labeled their response to the bug as being ‘in progress’ on Trello.

Given that the money being found at Superstore is in the same bags as Plunder, it seems as if a loose bit of code has wriggled free and crossed the streams, so it might not be that long of a wait until Infinity Ward fixes it. 

Until then, Superstore is likely to be an even hotter drop than usual as players try to scoop up the duffle bags of cash, so you might want to leave it alone.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

Call of Duty League LAN
Call of Duty League
Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.