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Parasite blames fellow pros for lack of CoD offers in frustrated “rant”

Published: 18/Sep/2019 18:36 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 19:10

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty veteran Chris ‘Parasite‘ Duarte has offered his own explanation for why he’s faced a lack of opportunities to compete at the highest level over the past few years, going into franchising.

With Call of Duty esports transitioning to a franchised league starting next season, a lot of players are scurrying around to secure a spot for themselves in one of the 12 confirmed participating organizations.

While the best players in the world have very likely been barraged with lucrative offers from many teams, there are still some who haven’t seen nearly as many takers. 

One such player is Parasite, a longtime competitor who’s been around the scene for nearly a decade, but who many believe is on the down-slope of his career at this point. 

The veteran expressed his frustrations about that in a mini-rant on Twitter on September 18, which he later ended up deleting, partially putting the blame on those who can’t let go of the mistakes he’s made in the past.

Midnight Esports - TwitterParasite spent the second half of the Black Ops 4 season with Midnight Esports.

“It’s such a shame people can’t get over mistakes I’ve made when I was in my later teens and early 20s, over five years ago,” he tweeted. “People can’t accept that I have changed for the better. I’ve also performed consistently for years and adapted to every single situation and title I’ve ever played plus ethic I’d bring to a roster.”

He then went on to slight essentially all of the rosters he’s played on since leaving FaZe Red in the early parts of 2015.

“Haven’t had a team full of capable players since FaZe Red back in 2015, when I got third at Champs and performed second or third best on my team, if you’re considering K/D and objective statistics. To then being dropped and spiraling bad team to team.”

The peak of Parasite’s career came at CoD Champs 2013 with Fariko Impact.

He wrapped up the rant with a third tweet, which may have been the most telling of them all, revealing his lack of offers moving forward.

“No one had contacted me besides the offer that fell through,” he said. “It’s been very had and stressful to see a decade of work go to waste because you can’t jar the minds of your peers.”

The “mistakes” and bad opinions of him that Parasite mentioned in his tweets are references to the reputation of being a bad teammate that he had several years ago, when seemingly everyone accused him of being unable to gel and establish chemistry with others.

While there is no reason to doubt that he has become a better teammate, there is no denying that he hasn’t come close to tasting success on the main stage over the past several years.

Since finishing third at CoD Champs 2015 with FaZe Red, he has only one top-five placement all the way through to last month’s CWL Championship – a third-place finish at the MLG Pro League 2015 Season 3 Playoffs with Epsilon Esports. 

Whether or not that has had any bearing on his lack of opportunities remains unknown, and only time will tell if the longtime pro will find a seat at the highest table moving forward. 

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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.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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.