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Nadeshot raises major concerns about Call of Duty franchised league

Published: 20/Aug/2019 21:35 Updated: 21/Aug/2019 8:42

by Scott Robertson


In an interview with ESPN Esports, Matthew ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag explained why he is optimistic, but also concerned about the upcoming franchising of the Call of Duty World League.

100 Thieves is only less than two years old, but its quick rise to becoming an esports powerhouse has been nothing short of spectacular. Owner and founder Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag is proud of the brand he has helped build, which is why he’s a little nervous about franchising.

“The way that Activision and Blizzard are handling team branding is definitely a concern of mine,” he told ESPN. “For 100 Thieves, we’re very much focused on 100 Thieves, and we’re building beyond just gaming, so that’s definitely been one of the reservations in my mind…because we’d have to build out an entirely different asset and brand.”

100 Thieves - TwitterNadeshot has worked hard to build up the appeal of the 100 Thieves brand.

This is a very reasonable concern from Nadeshot. Lots of other esports organization owners had to put resources into developing new assets and brands for the Overwatch League when they announced that the franchises would be exclusive to Overwatch League.

But Nadeshot wasn’t entirely critical of the job that Activision and Blizzard have done. “They’ve done an incredible job from a sales perspective. They’re monetizing the league very well. I’ve talked to a lot of different owners about their experience in Overwatch, and there’s some positives and a lot of negatives. I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Nadeshot then switched the discussion to Call of Duty esports, and similar to his analysis of Overwatch League practices, relayed that Activision had “done alot of good, but there’s a lot that they could do better.” 

SPORTTECHIERiot Games implemented franchising into the LCS before the 2018 season

When asked about specific positives and negatives of franchising on an organization, Nadeshot noted the lack of volatility as the biggest positive, citing the struggles of relegation on organizations during the pre-franchise days of the LCS. 

He does have a point here: while yes, relegation does stoke the flames of competition by giving teams a reason not to be bad, it can be a struggle for organizations trying to get funding and maintain sponsorships if they end up being relegated to a lower league.

Nadeshot circled back to his earlier point about branding as a primary negative for franchising organizations. “You have these household brands that have been built over the past decade, why wipe that away?”

100 Thieves’ NA LCS roster finished dead last in Championship points for 2019, with zero points earned between the Spring and Summer Split. Their famed Call of Duty roster made it all the way to the grand finals of the Call of Duty World League Championships, before falling to eUnited 3-2.

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How to get free Black Ops Cold War & Warzone pre-Season 1 bundles

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:56 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce


With the announcement that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War has been delayed, Activision and Treyarch also confirmed that players will be able to get their hands on two free bundles ahead of the first content drop. Here’s everything you need to know about what it includes and how to get it.

While Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which was set to bring brand new maps and integrate the game with Warzone, was originally set to come out on December 10, the developers have now announced a slew of new details about the first post-content season, including the fact that it will now launch on December 16.

During this deep dive, Treyarch also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get their hands on some new free bundles for the game before the season launches, presumably in order to help tide people over until the new content drop. Here’s how you can get your hands on both bundles.

Field Research and Certified Bundles

The news of the bundles was announced when Activision confirmed that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War had been delayed.

According to Activision, both bundles are set to include a number of different items to use in-game: five in the Field Research bundle and four in the Certified bundle.

While these packs are specifically for Black Ops Cold War players, it’s important to remember that some of these items, like the blueprint and Operators, are available for use in Warzone as well.

  • Field Research Bundle
    • Epic Park Operator skin
    • Epic SMG blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Calling Card
    • Rare Weapon Charm
  • Certified Bundle
    • Epic Garcia Operator skin
    • Rare Assault Rifle blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Weapon Charm

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the bundle and we have no idea what they will look like exactly, as Activision didn’t end up releasing any images of them. Once they become available, however, we’ll update this article.

How to get both bundles for free

Luckily, players won’t have to do much of anything to get their hands on it. That being said, they won’t be given to everyone and you do have to do a simple task to get it. According to Activision, both bundles will be given to players who log-in to the game between December 8 at 10AM PST (1PM EST, 6PM GMT) and December 15 at 11PM PST (2AM EST, 7AM GMT on December 16).

To be clear, logging in simply means that you just have to open the game and get to the main menu. Playing a match isn’t required, although the chance of players opening the game without playing it is slim, to say the least.

That being said, it’s great that Treyarch is giving it away for free. Here’s hoping it’s good enough to hold people over until the new season.