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Scump, SlasheR and more reveal how to attract casual fans to competitive CoD

Published: 14/May/2019 8:53 Updated: 14/May/2019 9:35

by Connor Bennett


Call of Duty has always had a huge fanbase when it comes to buying and playing the game, yet not everyone makes the transition into becoming a fan of the esports scene. With that in mind, a few long-time pros have some ideas of their own in a bid to give their viewer base a boom. 

Being able to turn pro in a vastly popular multiplayer game like Call of Duty means a player has dedicated an incredible amount of time to the game – and probably knows what they’re talking about, especially if they’ve been around the scene for a couple of titles.

So, when they offer up advice as how to get more ‘casual’ viewers involved in the hardcore side of becoming fan and getting more involved with competitive CoD, they might just have a few ideas on what it’s going to take to be a success. That’s exactly what happened when GamesRadar spoke to a number of top pros in the game and sought out their advice.

OpTic Gaming‘s Seth ‘Scump‘ Abner plus 100 Thieves‘ Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, Sam ‘Octane’ Larew, and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner all gave their input on how Activision can break into new markets by converting casual viewers into full-fledged supporters of a particular team.

Call of Duty / TwitchCall of Duty has a huge amount of players, but not all of them tune into the CWL Pro League or events.

Scump: Franchising will help “a lot”

While many fans, and players, are still unsure as to what to expect with Activision Blizzard bringing in the franchising model, Scump believes it will be a significant help to budding players and a new line of fans as there should be added support from the publishers.

“I think franchising will help a lot because it’ll be city-based, I think it’ll get a lot more people involved and hopefully with that, with the amount of money being put into it, they’ll start giving us the support we deserve,” Scump explained to GamesRadar.

“I think we’ve been cold-shouldered for the past decade – I’ve been playing Call of Duty for 12 years and it feels like it goes backwards, then forwards a little bit, then the next game goes backwards,” he continued. “I feel like they need to keep coming out with more consistent titles and support for esports.”

2G GamerzScump, a former CoD World Champion, has been around the scene for most of his adult life.

Octane and Priestahh: Give esports a presence

In a similar vein to Scump, both Octane and Priestahh explained that esports needs a bigger presence in the game – be that something as simple as team skins like World War II or being able to watch a live event without needing to leave for a different app.

Those ideas were tried, to varying levels of success, in WWII but the 100 Thieves pair stated that it’s something that should be continued.

Priestahh explained that the esports scene needs exposure – be that the front page of Twitch or in-game – as that would  “open up more eyes to esports.” Octane echoed those thoughts by stating that casual fans “know about competitive” but don’t actively go and seek it out. Yet, he believes that potentially dropping skins and cosmetics for watching streams could help convince casual fans to tune in.

twitter: 100ThievesOctane had an MVP performance at CWL London.

SlasheR: Improve on League Play

Since it’s the introduction in Black Ops 2, CoD pros have used League Play as a way to improve their own individual skill against top players that they don’t get to face off against on a regular basis.

While there have been issues with the mode in Black Ops 4, SlasheR still believes it’s one of the best ways to make a name for yourself and giving players an increased insight to the higher quality of play might just turn them onto the professional scene. It’s something SlasheR thinks could be key.

“I think one of the biggest things is getting a ranking system in the game, like a good ranking system. Like League of Legends has, CSGO, something like that where people can hop on and try to climb the ladder. Or even Halo 2 for instance, the 1-50 ranking system, I remember as a kid wanting to get on and just try to get my number higher, I was addicted to trying to get to that 50. If people could experience that, they’d have a lot more fun and be more competitive, and I think that’s a good place to start.”

Considering the fact that the wheels are well in motion for franchising, Activision Blizzard probably has a few ideas of their own in getting new fans involved.

Yet, it remains to be seen if they can capture more members of the huge CoD player base and persuade them to become hardcore fans of the esports scene any time soon.

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CDL Challengers Cup #4 final placements: WestR’s reign continues

Published: 18/Jan/2021 3:01 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 3:02

by Brad Norton


WestR, House Tarth, and Renegades have all come away as champions in their respective regions as the fourth Black Ops Cold War Challengers Cup event is now in the books. 

  • WestR continues to be the most dominant force in NA, taking home their fourth consecutive Challengers Cup victory.
  • House Tarth finally get back atop the EU region with an impressive upper bracket run over former champions.
  • Renegades reclaim the throne in APAC, taking down VOID Collective in the Grand Finals.

Final placements

Just under 1,000 teams competed around the world as the weekend-long event offered up pro points alongside the standard prize pool. No different from earlier Challengers Cups, $2,500 was on the line across NA and EU while APAC battled it out for a share in $1,500. 

Placement Team Prize
1st WestR $2,000
2nd NYSL Academy $500
3rd Built By Gamers
4th Triumph
Top 6 Slammed Strikes Back
Bean Squad
Top 8 wambyyyybambyy
Placement Team Prize
1st House Tarth $2,000
2nd Connect 4 $500
3rd RAMS
4th Gangsterz
Top 6 Obtained Esports
Team Singularity
Top 8 Orgless
Team Sween
Placement Team Prize
1st Renegades $1,000
2nd VOID Collective $500
3rd Chiefs Esports Club
4th Vertex Gaming
Top 6 Next Up
Top 8 Team Handsome

Challengers Cup #4 Results & Recap

The fourth Challengers Cup event kicked off on January 16 and came to a close just one day later. Hundreds of teams duked it out though a number of familiar names topped the pack once again across all three regions.

WestR once again proved to be an unstoppable force in NA. The reigning champs cruised through this week’s upper bracket without much difficulty. Despite a remarkable showing from NSYL Academy on their way through the lower bracket, they couldn’t quite matchup in the Grand Finals.

On the EU side, House Tarth climbed their way back to the top spot after two weeks of finishing in the Top 6. They took down Connect 4 in back to back matchups, winning 3-2 in the Winner’s Finals and then 3-1 in the Grand Finals.

Similarly, Renegades pushed back to the top of the APAC region after their extraordinary winning streak came to an end in Challengers Cup 3. They took down VOID Collective 3-1 in the final series.