Call of Duty

Modern Warfare & Warzone players hit with ‘Zero XP’ bug in battle pass

Published: 3/May/2020 12:06

by Andy Williams


Call of Duty players have been plagued with a bug that is stopping them from earning XP and is bringing their Season 3 battle pass progression to a halt in Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Infinity Ward’s third installment of their first-ever seasonal battle pass has gone down a treat. New Operators, skins, weapons, and maps have players eager to complete their battle pass and earn those coveted cosmetics.

But as one door opens, another closes. And it appears that battle pass progression has come to a grinding halt for some players, as they’ve been plagued with a bug that is preventing them from earning XP.

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While Season 3 offers some highly sought after rewards, some players are seemingly grinding for no reason.

Speaking on the Warzone subreddit, one player vented their frustrations concerning their encounter with the zero XP bug. “I just played three rounds without earning any XP for my character or my battle pass.

“Are you serious about this?” they added. “I pay for the battle pass and you give me nothing and a buggy game in return?”

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There could be an ounce of hope for some players, though, as one Redditor responded explaining that: “I had this happen. Logged out, came back the next day and got hit in the face with 15 min of level up animations.”

The bug isn’t exclusive to Warzone games, either, with regular multiplayer experiencing similar issues.

“By the time I wait 10 minutes for a lobby to connect, I can’t get any XP, and if I’m about to, I [crash to desktop] before the XP is even awarded,” one player wrote on the Modern Warfare subreddit.

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While Infinity Ward’s snag list is seemingly growing by the day – with voice chat issues and invincibility exploits in Warzone being the latest to disrupt players’ game – this will surely jump the queue, else most players will have no reason to continue playing.

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As it stands at the time of writing, the zero XP bug is yet to appear on Infinity Ward’s radar (at least per their Trello board), so it could be some time before some players see a hotfix being pushed out. But rest assured, we will keep you updated on any news on this Modern Warfare bug.

Call of Duty

Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.