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OpTic’s Scump hits out at Excelerate Gaming over CWL roster controversy

Published: 7/Mar/2019 22:13 Updated: 7/Mar/2019 22:14

by Albert Petrosyan

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Rostermania  controversy has recently dominated headlines in Call of Duty esports, and now the king himself has chimed in with his own take on the situation. 

OpTic Gaming captain Seth ‘Scump’ Abner tweeted out some strong words on March 7, a day after Excelerate Gaming controversially dropped all of their players that had qualified the org into the CWL Pro League. 

As a result, all five members of the starting squad have now lost their pro status, a chance at tens of thousands of dollars in potential prize money, a spot in the upcoming CWL Fort Worth pro tournament, and any other benefits that come with being in the Pro League. 

“Players need a better security blanket,” he said. “What ExG did to their team and players is unfair. Imagine working years to achieve something to have it ripped from you for players with bigger names.”

“Truly disturbing that you could do that to people that put you on the map.”

Of course, ExG releasing their starting squad was not the only stroke of controversy they were involved in on March 6. 

Just hours after the announcement, Michael ‘Beehzy’ Said, one of the players who got dropped, published a video making several serious accusations against the org.

In the video, Beehzy alleged that the ExG CEO Justin Tan had blackmailed its players and, at times, even refused to pay their salaries. He even claimed that Tan was actively trying to sell the team’s spot in the Pro League, especially with franchising looming next season. 

After he and his teammates were dropped by Excelerate Gaming, Beehzy proceeded to make severe allegations against their former org.

Scump’s take on the situation pretty much mirrored how every other current and former pro player reacted to the roster changes and subsequent allegations.

Like Scump, many expressed their outrage on Twitter, and some even questioned the CWL and MLG for allowing orgs to engage in such practices in regards to players. 

With franchising looming for next season, it’s fair to expect that such controversies involving roster changes will become a lot less frequent, at least that’s what many are hoping for. 

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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

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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.