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Nadeshot reveals why he believes Call of Duty franchising is a “mistake”

Published: 21/Nov/2019 3:43 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 22:04

by Brad Norton


Former Call of Duty professional and current 100 Thieves CEO, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has detailed why he refused to join the Call of Duty League and why he believes franchising is a “mistake.”

One of the most recognizable names in the storied history of competitive CoD, Nadeshot initially made a name for himself competing under the OpTic Gaming banners before parting ways and forming his own organization 100 Thieves.

After a phenomenal 2019 season that saw the 100 Thieves Call of Duty roster claim back to back championships at CWL London and CWL Anaheim, Nadeshot decided to exit the Call of Duty scene entirely amidst a controversial transition to a franchise-based league. The 100 Thieves CEO has now shared his line of reasoning for leaving the scene behind.

Major League GamingCall of Duty teams are set to compete around the world in home and away games.

Throughout a November 20 live-stream with 100 Thieves content creators The Mob, Nadeshot expanded on the departure and listed many factors that he believes will negatively impact the start of the franchise league in 2020.

“What are your thoughts on franchising instead of how it used to be? Mako questioned to kickstart the heated discussion.

“I think franchising was a mistake,” Nadeshot responded without hesitation. “Charging teams $25 million to be a part of a league that hasn’t really grown year over year is a mistake.”

Echoing a similar sentiment to that of numerous professional players, he continued his argument in stating that “making teams fly across the world to play one best of five series is a mistake.”

With the full schedule for the inaugural Call of Duty League split having recently been revealed, many active players were quick to voice their displeasure.

Nadeshot’s former OpTic Gaming teammate Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper was one such player that took aim at the format, saying that it was a joke to host international events for one series to be played for some of the teams.”

“I love the Call of Duty community and I love the fact that all of these pros are getting paid a lot of money,” Nadeshot continued. “I love the fact that Activision is at least trying to create a substantial investment in esports, but the problem is, they’re not even on the same page with Infinity Ward.”

Addressing the state of Modern Warfare just weeks out from release, he indicated that the game was evidently not designed with competitive play in mind, hindering the potential for the league in its first year.

“The [developers] actually went on record and said that they made this game so that a casual player would have a great experience and that the best players will have a bad experience, they actually said that word for word.” 

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Nadeshot was an active competitor for OpTic Gaming from 2010 through to 2015.

Wrapping up his argument, Nadeshot asserted that Activision’s lofty goals for Call of Duty League viewership are simply unattainable. 

“The fact of the matter is if OpTic is not playing in the finals, there’s like 40,000 people watching the tournament and they have this thesis that if they create this league, they’re going to have 500,000 or a million people watching Call of Duty tournaments which is f*cking insane.”

With Activision’s 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals boasting a 16% viewership increase over the 2018 broadcast, trends have certainly been pivoting upwards for franchise-based esports. However, goals of reaching such a widespread audience throughout the first season clearly has Nadeshot doubting their judgement.

With a number of issues having plagued Modern Warfare since launch, it’s no surprise that a former professional would be trepidatious about major expansion with matches being contested on such a shaky title.

However with the first matches not scheduled to kick off until January 24 in Minnesota, ample time remains for Infinity Ward to polish the release.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun


Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.