Red Reserve Announce Major Roster Change Ahead of CWL Pro League Stage Two - Dexerto
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Red Reserve Announce Major Roster Change Ahead of CWL Pro League Stage Two

Published: 3/May/2018 18:18 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:08

by Calum Patterson

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The announcement that European Call of Duty fans have been waiting on has finally come, as Red Reserve reveal a major shake up to their roster.

After weeks of speculation, rumor and, to be honest, complaining from professional players, it looks as though the European CoD scene is finally getting things rolling.

At the center of much of the speculation was UNILAD’s star player Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, who has made it very clear that he was moving elsewhere.

Finally all the speculation can be put to bed, as the move has now been announced by Red Reserve, that Skrapz will replace the outgoing Joshua-Lee “Joshh” Sheppard.

Presumably, Skrapz will be filling a similar role to Joshh’s previous, as the support slayer backing up the fast paced Joe “Joee” Pinnington.

It is currently not announced where Joshh will end up, possibly moving the opposite direction in a straight trade for Skrapz, but we will keep this article updated as more is announced.

Red Reserve and UNILAD are in different divisions for Stage Two of the CWL Pro League, meaning that they will not face each other in the competition until playoffs – should both teams make it there.

The two sides will have a chance to face off at the upcoming CWL Anaheim tournament though, were Skrapz’ twin, Bradley “Wuskin” Marshall could face off against his brother – a match up the pair have placed a $1000 wager on.

One can’t help but think Red Reserve have managed the better end of the deal regardless of where Joshh ends up, with Skrapz being likely the hottest commodity in European CoD currently.

He will need to prove that he can play at the same level when surrounded by other heavy slaying superstars such as Trei “Zer0” Morris and Rhys “Rated” Price.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.