Shroud discovers Blackout looting bug, says he won't play until Treyarch fixes [UPDATED] - Dexerto
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Shroud discovers Blackout looting bug, says he won’t play until Treyarch fixes [UPDATED]

Published: 19/Oct/2018 21:27 Updated: 20/Oct/2018 3:46

by Wyatt Donigan

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Popular Twitch streamer Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek ran into a game-breaking bug while playing Blackout on October 19 and vowed to not play the mode until it’s fixed.

Ever since the release of Black Ops 4 on October 12, Shroud has been pretty much playing nothing but Blackout on stream.

Even though he’s been enjoying his time, especially after a dominating win during Dr Disrepsect’s Code Red tournament, he ran into a new bug that has caused him to stop playing the mode altogether.

While playing the game on October 19, Shroud noticed that he wasn’t able to loot anything from an eliminated enemy despite having room in his inventory.

“It’s just broken then,” Shroud says about the latest bug. “Oh yeah, you’re right. It doesn’t work.”

He continued playing the mode for a few games before someone in his chat had seemingly discovered just what was causing the tricky bug.

“When you get max ammo, that’s when the bug kicks in and you’re fucked,” Shroud told his teammate about the recently uncovered info. “Basically, you kill one team and you can’t loot after that. It’s great.”

It’s at this point that Shroud realizes that the bug is far too important to ignore, saying “I’m not playing that, though, fuck that. That’s stupid.”

Shroud reiterated that he very much wants to play Blackout since he finds the game extremely fun, but he is simply unable to look past the bug.

Shortly after, he updated his stream title to “zombies until they fix blackout looting bug” and stopped playing Blackout.

For the proceeding two hours and counting, Shroud has been playing nothing but multiplayer as he waits for a fix to the popular game mode.

At the time of writing, Treyarch has not spoken out about the issue, but with the latest 1.03 update hitting Friday afternoon, it’s possible we could see a fix for this mode before the day is over.

UPDATE

While no official patch or fix has been released to remedy this issue, someone discovered a temporary fix that Shroud was able to use to get back in and play Blackout normally. 

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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.