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OpTic Gaming Gears of War player reveals plans to switch to competitive CoD for Black Ops 4

Published: 20/Oct/2018 13:41

by Calum Patterson


Legendary Gears of War player Billy ‘MentaL’ Putnam, a 15x champion, has revealed he wants to make the switch to competitive Call of Duty for the upcoming Black Ops 4 season.

MentaL is one of the most decorated Gears of War players of all time, having been part of the OpTic Gaming dynasty since mid 2016, a team which rarely ever loses.

But, despite his team’s dominance in Gears esports, it appears the lure of the new Call of Duty title has tempted MentaL away, as the current Gears of War Pro Circuit season winds down.

Having just won CWL San Diego at the end of September, their sixth win in seven major tournaments attended, MentaL is looking to pastures new.

The Pro Circuit season finals are still to come, as well as a charity invitational on November 17-18, with a $200,000 prize pool split 50/50 between the winning team and a charity of their choice.

The first event of the Black Ops 4 season will take place on December 7-9, at CWL Vegas, so MentaL may have one eye on finding a team and preparing for this event.

He is the first current Gears of War professional to voice his wish to move to CoD, but follows in the footsteps of numerous Halo players, including the full world championship winning Splyce roster, and legendary Halo player Brad ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom.

Having seen a number of top esports organizations leave the Gears of War esports scene – as well as Halo esports – it isn’t necessarily a good sign for either of these esports, that their top players are trying to move into another console esport.

All three of them, CoD, Halo and Gears, have their tournaments organized by MLG, making the transition somewhat easier, and the raw skill of these players making the transition is certainly respected by their fellow console esports professionals.

Frosty has already secured himself a spot on a top roster, playing on Enigma6 alongside General, Diabolic, Kade and KiSMET.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.