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OpTic’s Crimsix announces free agency ahead of Call of Duty League

Published: 9/Sep/2019 17:17 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 19:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Call of Duty pro Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has revealed that he will be a restricted free agent going into the 2020 season, and the start of franchising.

The world’s most decorated Call of Duty player with 33 championships to his name revealed his future plans in a somewhat surprising tweet on September 9, 2019, shattering previous expectations that the existing OpTic Gaming roster would be sticking together.

“Restricted F/A for the 2020 season. All of that hard work for essentially nothing. If any franchise teams would like to contact me, reach out here,” the Crimsix wrote, adding his email address at the end of the message. 

The future for Crimsix and the OpTic squad from the Black Ops 4 season had been somewhat up in the air after Immortals purchased the team.

However, in a reply to a comment that claimed “Immortals was “trying to make optic go from the most loved team to the most hated”, Crimsix chimed that “It wasn’t Immortals who did this”

MLGCrimsix is the most decorated Call of Duty player of all time.

“And it wasn’t Infinite or J either,” he added, softening the blow against the previous ownership of OpTiC.

The future for players and teams in the franchised league has been filled with drama as of late. Notably, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag revealed that 100 Thieves will not be participating in the 2020 league citing cost concerns. 

With Crimsix now on the market, he is likely to be extremely sought after as a franchise player.

This season, the star won two events with OpTic at CheckMate Gaming’s ProDown back in January, as well as taking home gold at CWL Las Vegas. 

MLGOptic Gaming won a World Championship in 2017.

Then, despite finishing tied for first at CWL Pro League, Crimsix and the rest of his squad lost six consecutive maps. After a 3-0 by Luminosity Gaming sent them into losers, a 3-0 by 100 Thieves eliminated the first-place team who had earned a bye to round 2. 

In The World League Championship, OpTic fared better, finishing third place, but once more suffered a 3-0 at the hands of 100 Thieves ending their tournament run. 

As Crimsix looks to put this year behind him and head into 2020 strong, teams are undoubtedly going to be pursuing the highly decorated professional as he looks to add yet another piece of hardware to his impressive resume. The only question is who will he sign with? 

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Black Ops Cold War CODE Bowl announced: how to watch & participants

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:37

by Tanner Pierce


Activision has announced the second iteration of the CODE Bowl, which brings together high-profile esports players and members of the US and UK military esports teams to help raise money for the Call of Duty Endowment. Here’s what you need to know.

The Call of Duty Endowment has been raising money for veterans for a while now. The company, which was started in 2009, helps veterans find jobs after their deployment. In 2019, the owner of the company, Activision, held the first Modern Warfare CODE Bowl, which brought together major streamers and members of the US Army esports team.

Fast forward to December 2020 and Activision is continuing this tradition with two major changes: Black Ops Cold War is the name of the game this time around, and members of the UK military will also be participating. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the tournament.

Who’s participating?

Like last year’s tournament, the 2020 CODE Bowl will feature teams made up of famous streamers/pro-players, including Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, TeeP, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, and Spratt. According to Activision, more will be announced in the near future.

Beyond that, however, those players will be joined by members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Space Force, as well as members of the UK British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

In addition, each team will be coached by a “Call of Duty League professional” but the exact list of those people has yet to be announced.

Currently, it’s unknown how the teams will be split, but all in all, it should make for a pretty interesting dynamic.

How can I watch the 2020 CODE Bowl?

According to Activision, the 2020 CODE Bowl is set to take place on December 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM GMT. If you’re unsure about what time that is in your area, we’ve broken it down for you below:

  • 1 PM EST
  • 10 AM PST
  • 3 AM JST (Saturday, December 12, 2020)
  • 5 AM AEDT (Saturday, December 12, 2020)

In addition, the event will be streamed entirely on Call of Duty’s YouTube and Twitch channels. It’s currently unknown if the event is going to be streamed on the above players’ respective accounts, but one would imagine they would be. Embeds for each stream will be added once they become available.