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Scump troubled by reports that CDL might use NBA-like bubble in 2021

Published: 21/Sep/2020 22:04 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 22:17

by Albert Petrosyan

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Reports have surfaced that the Call of Duty League might turn to a NBA-like ‘bubble’ system for the 2021 season, and one of the faces of the esport – Chicago Huntsmen’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner – isn’t too fond of the news.

The competitive Call of Duty community was in for a twist on September 21 when The Esports Observer, based on information from multiple sources, reported that the Call of Duty League has “asked owners to consider having the 2021 season played from a central location in a bubble-type environment.”

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Fans of the NBA will recognize this as the same system the league used for the conclusion of the 2020 regular season and the entire Playoffs, separating players from the outside world to eliminate risks of the ongoing health crisis affecting teams and matches.

If this were to be the case for CoD esports, then the CDL would essentially host all of their Home Series events and the postseason in an isolated location, with Las Vegas and Dallas reportedly among the cities that were mentioned.

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CDLAfter the Launch Weekend and several Home Series tournaments, the CDL shifted all of its events and matches to online-only.

This would probably be the safest way to address all of the internet-related concerns from the 2020 campaign. About a third into the season, the CDL decided to shift everything to be played online, but connection inconsistencies and server issues created problems at several tournaments and drew backlash from most pro players.

This got even worse during the Playoffs when players like OpTic Gaming LA’s Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams and London Royal Ravens’ Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris kept getting booted offline, which ultimately led the league to play postseason matches off-stream and later broadcast them with a huge delay.

However, despite all of the uproar the 2020 switch to online caused, not everyone seems to be convinced that this NBA-like bubble system is the best answer. Hearing the news while streaming, Scump had this to say about the report.

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“I don’t want a bubble!” the legendary CoD pro said. “What am I going to do about my dog, my cats, my girlfriend? A bubble?! Who are we, the f**king NBA – what do you mean a bubble?

I would rather play online than in a bubble somewhere. I’d rather play everything online. What? I’m texting Hector [H3CZ] right now – terminate my s**t now!”

Activision, who owns and runs the CDL, has not yet commented on The Esports Observer’s report, although Toronto Ultra General Manager Dominique Gelineau seemed to suggest that it was untrue, in a tweet.

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This isn’t the first time that the idea of the CDL using a bubble has popped up: prior to the start of the Playoffs, many in the industry suggested the idea before the league announced that the entire postseason would remain online.

Adam Apicella, formerly of MLG and Activision Blizzard, calculated that such an operation could cost at least $7 million, not counting the cost of a full-time medical staff, security at the venue and hotels, insurance, and the tournament’s prize pool itself.

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That was just for Champs; of course, running a full regular-season and postseason in such a system would likely cost exponentially more, so there are still a lot of moving parts to consider before these reports become reality.

We will continue updating this story as it develops and more information is made available.

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How to get free Texas Chainsaw Massacre emblem & calling card in Warzone

Published: 19/Oct/2020 21:18 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 21:22

by Tanner Pierce

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Activision has officially unveiled all the details about the Haunting of Verdansk event coming to Call of Duty: Warzone, and it’s going to be packed with spooky content. To celebrate, Lionsgate is offering special Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed content for the game, and we’ve got the details on how to unlock them.

After being leaked around a week ago, Activision has finally unveiled its Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre crossovers in Warzone. Players will soon be able to purchase bundles based on the two horror franchises in the in-game store for around $20, and they both come with the usual suspects: ew Operators skins, weapon blueprints, emotes, etc.

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Players will also be able to get their hands on a couple of items themed around the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise without having to put down any cash or COD points at all if they follow some simple steps.

How to unlock the Texas Chainsaw Massacre emblem & calling card?

Unlocking these items is simple – you don’t have to do anything within the actual Modern Warfare or Warzone application to earn them. Instead, just get on their computer or mobile device, go to the film franchise’s main website and follow some easy steps in order to get a free emblem and calling card:

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  1. Go to texaschainsaw.com
  2. Click the “Proceed” button that pops up near the bottom of the screen.
  3. After the images and text, enter your email where provided.
  4. Click submit.
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If players want to get their hands on Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed items, they’ll have to follow the steps below.

After that point, Activision will send you a code for the emblem and calling card within two weeks. It is interesting to note, however, that the fine print on the website says it’ll be available in-game after November 9, 2020, which would technically be three weeks from the announcement, so it’s unknown what the case actually is.

We also don’t technically have a peek at either the calling card or emblem, so it’s anyone’s best guess as to what it actually looks like in-game. More than likely, it’ll be similar to the image seen on the site – but that’s pure speculation at this point.

We’ll update this article with more details and images when they become available.

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