SlasheR calls out CoD pros ‘baiting’ their teammates for better stats - Dexerto
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SlasheR calls out CoD pros ‘baiting’ their teammates for better stats

Published: 6/Jul/2019 13:32 Updated: 6/Jul/2019 14:14

by Daniel Cleary


Professional Call of Duty player, Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, has called out some of his fellow CWL pros for ‘baiting’ their teammates to have better in-game stats, rather than playing just for the win.

It’s not often easy to determine just how good a player is in an action packed game of competitive Call of Duty, especially in modes such as Hardpoint, so fans and analysts often refer to a player’s statistics, such as their Kill/Death ratio, to get a better read on their in-game performances.

One bad habit, perhaps more common among the amateur players, is focusing moreso on their individual K/D ratio, using their teammates as ‘bait’ (waiting for teammates to push first, to pick up easy trades), instead of playing the objective normally, which can hold teams back from their full potential.

twitter: 100ThievesSlasheR and 100 Thieves have won back-to-back CWL events in London and Anaheim.

Following some of the final matches of the CWL pro league, 2016 Call of Duty World Champion SlasheR voiced his opinion that some of his fellow pro players are guilty of “baiting their team.”

He also suggested that many fans appear oblivious to this, praising said players for their impressive individual scorelines, not realizing that it could be at the expense of the team’s performance.

Although he did not specify which of the pro players he was referring to specifically, SlasheR criticized  fans for defending the players who were prone to ‘baiting’, saying, “I still see CoD fans think it’s ok that someone is hard baiting their team like it’s their job lol”

eUnited star, Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, seemed to share the same sentiment as SlasheR on players baiting their team, as he jokingly mocked the “stat players”.

“Those are the best players though?” Prestinni asked, with just a hint of sarcasm. “Most skilled. Most selfless. Play the most proper CoD. They’re the reason they win games bro. Stat players do it all man. We know this.”

SlasheR followed up by explaining that it requires strong team synergy and good in-game stats to win games consistently and claimed that the final year before franchising has seen even more players looking to boost their K/D: “The people who put up the stats and play as a team win games. This year more than ever I see people legit playing for a player card number.”

SlasheR’s teammate on 100 Thieves, Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt also chimed in, jokingly claiming that SlasheR himself was among those guilty of baiting, explaining, “That’s why I’m trying to get you to get a lil more pep in your step.”

Although Enable was likely joking, it appears as if the 100 Thieves squad have figured out what works in Black Ops 4, as they have already claimed two trophies this year going back-to-back in CWL London and Anaheim.

They also remain to be one of the favorite teams going into the Pro League Season Playoffs at CWL Miami, which will take place on July 19.

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

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre


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.
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.