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Scump and Crimsix step up banter as Dallas-Chicago rivalry continues

Published: 22/Nov/2019 12:04 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 12:08

by Joe Craven

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Ex-OpTic Gaming teammates Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter stepped up their rivalry with a tongue-in-cheek back and forth on Twitter on November 21. 

Over the pair’s 4 years on OpTic together they won numerous tournaments together, including a world championship at the end of Infinite Warfare. Rumors of an acrimonious split saw Crimsix remain in Texas to represent Dallas Empire, while Scump followed H3CZ to Chicago to play for the Huntsmen. 

Both rosters have made strong starts to Modern Warfare, boasting impressive scrim records. On November 21, the two poked fun at each other on Twitter, after Porter promoted Dallas teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ Scuf Gaming code in Scump’s Twitch chat. 

Twitter: @TLoopz_Crim’s comment in Scump’s Twitch chat.

While teaming in Black Ops 4, Crimsix apparently grew so frustrated with Scump’s Twitch chat that he banned his own name. Abner confirmed the hilarious story in November while scrimming with his new team, much to FormaL’s delight. 

On November 21, Crimsix decided to go into Scump’s Twitch chat and promote Clayster’s Scuf Gaming discount code. After the incident was picked up on Twitter, Clayster responded: “Couldn’t use “Crimsix” because “Crimsix” is banned in Scumps chat LUL”.

However, Scump replied with a sly dig of his own, explaining that Crimsix “couldn’t give constructive criticism last year without calling someone a pussy so people made fun of him”. He then sarcastically hash-tagged the Dallas slogan for the Call of Duty League: ‘Build an Empire’. 

Clayster responded directly to Scump, commenting on the hilarity of the fact Crimsix couldn’t even promote his own code, having previously banned his name in Scump’s Twitch chat. 

Scump, however, didn’t seem to find the event too funny, poking more fun at his ex-OpTic teammate. “Is it funny though?” he asked. “Coming into my stream after talking all that smack to try and promote his code? Hilarious. Grown men in the gaming community. Sheesh.”

There are far worse things Crimsix could have done than promote a rival discount code in Scump’s chat, but fans are more excited at the prospect of Dallas meeting Chicago as a result of the Twitter banter. 

The Call of Duty League’s inaugural season kicks off on January 24, taking place in Minnesota. While Chicago and Dallas do not meet during the first weekend of matches, Chicago will be playing OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

This match-up will see Scump go up against his old organization, which still features Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, who teamed with Abner during last year’s Black Ops 4 season. 

As CoD enters its first-ever franchised league, fans are anticipating mouth-watering match-ups, unprecedented storylines and tangible rivalries. 

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.