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Karma announces retirement from competitive Call of Duty

Published: 4/Jun/2020 3:16 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 12:13

by Brad Norton


One of the most accomplished players in Call of Duty history, three-time world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, has today announced his retirement from competitive play, effective immediately.

In the midst of the inaugural Call of Duty League season, Seattle Surge announced on June 3 that veteran competitor Karma would be stepping down. Barlow competed for close to a decade with a wide array of teams, and is now retiring as the second-highest console esports earner of all time.

Many consider the 26-year-old to be the greatest Call of Duty player of all time. The veteran star stands out from the competitive pack with three Championship rings to his name, more than any other competitor in the history of the game.

“To all the fans that have followed me throughout my entire career from my three championship seasons through to today with those in the city of Seattle, I’d like to say thank you for your support as I enter the next chapter in my life,” he said.

“I think this was something I needed to do a while ago,” he followed up in a separate series of tweets. “Didn’t enjoy running around with an MP55 and just had 0 desire to get on and play the game. It was my choice and I’m happy with it.”

Karma has been a staple in some of the most formidable dynasties in competitive CoD history. From his dominant reign with CompLexity to the unforgettable OpTic Gaming run, the veteran has been atop the scene longer than anyone.

Modern Warfare will be the final game in his storied career, however, as Karma added that he “will not be back.” Regardless of how 2020’s release shapes up, nor how the competitive scene evolves with the new league structure, he appears to be stepping away from the esport as a whole.

“I think I can play new CoDs for about a month before I get over playing the game,” he said. While he may continue streaming casually on Twitch, his run with the Seattle Surge could be the final chapter in his competitive career. He later teased he’ll “be back” with a GIF of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Perhaps a coaching role is around the corner for the veteran player?

Karma retires as one of the most accomplished players in console esports history.

Seattle Surge has battled through a season of internal struggles, roster shakeups, and subpar performances. With five regular-season events left in 2020, the team will have to find a new fifth to play things out.

Karma has laid out one of the most extraordinary console esports careers of all time – one that will not soon be trumped.

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Black Ops Cold War is reportedly bricking PS5s

Published: 3/Dec/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam


Call of Duty players may want to avoid playing Black Ops Cold War on their next-gen PlayStation 5s as reports are surfacing that the game is bricking consoles.

While the latest entry in the long-running CoD series had been met with praise, there have been some notable issues with the game, especially when it pertains to new hardware.

Aside from the issues players may be having with maps such as Miami or camo challenges the community deems unfair, there is a major problem with the game breaking PS5s.

In a now-viral post on Reddit, one user described their experience with the FPS and how it damaged their system.

BOCW NukeTown
You can’t play Nuketown if your console is bricked.

“Game has hard crashed the entire console, only game that had been crashing for me on the PS5,” WillHar270 wrote. “Now when I turn it on none of my games will load without crashing and when games do start to load up the screen fills up with flickering and glitching pixels before the console goes dead.”

“If Cold War is crashing your PS5, DO NOT PLAY IT, it will damage your system, in particular for me my GPU,” they further warned.

According to the gamer, after trying everything from a factory reset to even installing system software off a USB drive, nothing worked to fix the console.

Cold War has bricked my PS5 from blackopscoldwar

Luckily, after contacting Sony, the company reportedly explained that this issue has been happening for others, always with BOCW serving as the lone culprit. As such, the player was able to send their PS5 back and will receive a replacement in a fortnight.

It’s unclear what exactly is causing the issue or if Activision or Sony is to blame, but it should be noted that bricking isn’t limited to just PS5s.

As Dexerto previously reported, Cold War was also causing Xbox Series X bricking problems, which were addressed by the devs.

car on fire in BOCW
Dreams of playing next-gen consoles are going up in flames.

“We’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” Treyarch community manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS’ Torres claimed. However, no further update was made.

Hopefully, a patch is released soon that can prevent these fatal crashes from occurring so players can enjoy the game without worrying about their console bricking.