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Activision announce that Modern Warfare will never have supply drops

Published: 17/Oct/2019 11:18 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 19:03

by Matt Porter


Call of Duty publishers Activision have confirmed that there will not be a loot box system Modern Warfare, which instead will feature a Battle Pass.

Over the past few years, Supply Drops have become a significant part of the popular first-person shooter franchise, allowing players to earn them through gameplay or spend real money on opening them in exchange for cosmetics.

Many players were upset though when developers started adding actual weapons into these crates, forcing players who wanted to use them to essentially buy crates until they got it, and making fans feel that the game was becoming “pay-to-win.”

As the game’s launch edged closer, players were angry when a leak claimed that the practice of putting weapons in loot boxes was set to continue, eventually forcing Activision and Infinity Ward to change course and remove them, announcing that they would not feature in the game. 

While this somewhat appeased players, it was expected that they would eventually appear in the title following release, but Activision but an end to that in an October 17 blog post announcing their new in-game economy system:

Infinity WardInfinity Ward have announced that they’ve scrapped loot boxes permanently.

  • We are introducing a new Battle Pass system, not a loot box system.
  • All functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.
  • The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying.  Battle Passes will launch timed to new, post-launch live seasons, so you can unlock cool new Modern Warfare-themed content that matches each season.
  • With the new Battle Pass system, players will be able to earn COD Points by playing the game. 
  • There will be both a Free Stream and a Premium Stream of content in the Battle Pass System in Modern Warfare. New base weapons will be earned through gameplay, simply by playing Modern Warfare. Functional attachments for base weapons can be unlocked through gameplay as well just like in the game’s Beta.
  • The Battle Pass and the In-Game Store will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance.

The Battle Pass System for Modern Warfare will not launch when the game releases on October 25th. Here’s why: First and foremost, we are all focused on making the Day One experience awesome. Second, it’s important to us that everyone who is playing Modern Warfare has the chance to work their way through the new game and unlock all the rewards that are waiting for you. We expect to launch this system for Modern Warfare later this year.

Understandably there are still questions around how the economy will evolve throughout the post-launch, live seasons. We recognize this will take time to fully demonstrate. Please know we are committed to delivering a fair system guided by the principles we’ve outlined here, and will continue to monitor feedback and player engagement to help us achieve that goal.

Please look for more information on the live seasons and post-release content plans for Modern Warfare throughout the year and beyond. 

TreyarchBlack Ops 4 had arguable the worst microtransaction system in CoD history.

Furthermore, it appears that this approach will not be limited to Modern Warfare, as Treyarch tweeted out: “This is great news for the community from Call of Duty, starting with Modern Warfare.”

This suggests that the 2020 installment, which is being developed by Treyarch due to Sledgehammer being in disarray, will also not feature the classic microtransaction system that players have become accustomed to.

It goes without saying that this represents a huge change in philosophy for Activision, who are ditching a system that earned them unfathomable amounts of revenue since Advanced Warfare.

That said, that income came at a cost, as the company developed a very negative reputation when it came to sticking everything behind a pay wall, particularly with the Black Ops 4 title.

If they stick to their word, and avoid doing what they’ve done many times before, it will go a long way towards helping improve the players’ perception of how Activision do business. 


Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun


Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

Call of Duty League LAN
Call of Duty League
Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.