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OpTic’s Karma hints at team change ahead of Call of Duty franchising

Published: 9/Sep/2019 1:56 Updated: 10/Sep/2019 8:53

by Brad Norton

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OpTic Gaming’s legendary Call of Duty player Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow has teased what would be a major development regarding his future in the competitive scene.

With the competitive Call of Duty landscape shifting dramatically to fit a new franchise-based model, the future is uncertain for many pro players.

Some owners have started to announce their plans for the upcoming shift, however no players have yet to be formally announced for any of the nine teams.

On September 8, Karma expressed that he was open to discussions with any and all Call of Duty franchise teams, although he did not go as far as to say he was a free agent, restricted or otherwise.

“If you’d like to contact me regarding the upcoming CDL season here’s my email,” he Tweeted late Sunday evening.

The situation for Karma and the rest of the Optic Gaming roster is muddled by the recent sale of OpTic parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment to Immortals Gaming Club.

Immortals acquired the OpTic brand in June, and purchased one of two Los Angeles spots in the new Call of Duty League shortly thereafter. 

According to league rules, teams that have players under contract from the CWL have the option of matching offers from other organizations, which begs the question of whether Immortals will do that in order to keep the powerhouse Green Wall roster intact. 

MLGKarma leading Optic Gaming to a World Championship in 2017

However, the three-time World Champion Karma might not end up being a part of their plans, as he followed up his initial tweet by revealing that he hadn’t heard much from his org.

“I only put this because it seems things are happening and I haven’t even been contacted by (optic I guess),” he wrote.

If Karma does end up parting ways with OpTic, he will leave a legacy that very few players could ever even dream of matching. 

Having joined the organization back in 2015, he became an integral part of what is known as OpTic’s dynasty roster, winning 14 major tournaments, including the 2017 CWL Championship, the first ever World Championship for the Green Wall.


Keep track of all of the offseason roster moves and team changes via our dedicated Call of Duty franchising RosterMania tracker.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun

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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.