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Karma lays out conditions to return for CoD 2020

Published: 29/Jun/2020 13:36 Updated: 29/Jun/2020 17:25

by Connor Bennett


Call of Duty legend Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has explained his steps following retirement, saying that coming back and playing is a “last resort” but that he still wants to have some ties to the CoD scene. 

On June 3, Karma shocked the Call of Duty competitive scene by announcing that he would be retiring after a glittering career. The three-time CoD world champion bid his goodbyes to the Seattle Surge and has moved into streaming.

Since the switch, he’s proceeded to run wild in Warzone and voiced his opinions on the current crop of Call of Duty League players as well as Modern Warfare.

Karma wearing 3 rings
Karma stunned everyone by retiring from Call of Duty.

While his dislike of the current title is clear, some fans still want to see him return and light up the stage as he did for the likes of Fariko and OpTic Gaming. It appears, though, that he doesn’t intend on doing so.

During his second appearance on Hector ‘HECZ’ Rodriguez’ Eavesdrop Podcast, the Canadian shed some light on his retirement and his next steps – including the possibility of returning with the launch of the next Black Ops games.

“Right now, like I’ve said and I’ve told my stream this, I’m going to try streaming at least until the season is over,” Karma said, noting that is all “going pretty well so far.” Though, he would still like to have some ties to competitive CoD moving forward.

“I definitely would be interested in coaching. Playing though, that’s like a stretch. Theres too many variables,” Barlow added.

“Streaming is definitely the number one priority and then streaming and possibly coaching because I do want to stay and have some ties to Call of Duty in some way, and I feel like it’s a way I could be impactful.”

As for keeping those ties, Karma again added that coaching is a possibility but playing is pretty far down the list of things he wants to do.

“I would like to coach but playing, playing is like last resort – I don’t know,” he said. “I’d have to be blown away and I’d need a good f**king team to ask me to play but there’s no way. I don’t see any of that happening.”

The 26-year-old did also note that he’ll play the next CoD release because he still loves the series but he also wants to play other games – which is what streaming allows him to do. 

So, if you’re hoping to see Karma pick up the sticks for one last dance in the Call of Duty League, don’t hold your breath: it seems as though he really is done for good.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.