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Team owner confirms franchising will come to Call of Duty next season

Published: 20/Jan/2019 3:27 Updated: 20/Jan/2019 3:28

by Vincent Genova


Franchising in professional Call of Duty is becoming a poorly kept secret as the owner of Team Kaliber said it is happening next year.

While speaking on a podcast, Team Kaliber owner Justin ‘KOSDFF’ Chandler answered a fan’s question on why TK is not competing in Black Ops 4.


“We are negotiating to buy a franchise license,” said Chandler. “CoD is franchising next year. So if we couldn’t get a franchise, it made it kind of hard to want to invest in [a Black Ops 4 team.]”

Since Team Kaliber does not have a team in Black Ops 4, it calls into question how how they view their chances of landing a franchise for next season.


Franchising means Call of Duty will follow a traditional sports league model similar to the NFL, NBA or MLB, where owners buy guaranteed spots in the competition.

Currently, the Call of Duty World League has to be qualified for through an intense play-in tournament.

The CoD franchise rumor started when another Activision game, Overwatch, debuted its own successful esports league with locked in places.


The Overwatch League saw huge investment, with some teams paying between 20 and 60 million dollars for a spot. Traditional sports franchises like the New York Mets and New England Patriots picked up places in the league, showing how profitable esports franchises might be one day.

Established Call of Duty organizations like OpTic Gaming, Team EnVy and Splyce are involved in OWL franchises already, potentially giving them managerial experience when CoD implements a similar system.

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Swagg mindblown by Warzone dev’s “toxic” loadout

Published: 8/Oct/2020 10:32

by Jacob Hale


Call of Duty YouTuber and FaZe Clan member Swagg reached out to a Warzone developer to find out what loadout they run with in Verdansk, and absolutely slayed with it — despite calling it “toxic.”

While we get to see what pros and top streamers and YouTubers use on a daily basis, finding the best weapons and attachment combinations to help them break records and constantly improve on their performances, we don’t often get to see how devs play their own game.


And, really, the devs probably know the game better than anyone, having literally built Warzone from the ground up.

So that begs the question, what do the Warzone devs use in game? Surely their classes would give you the best chance of success in game.

Warzone season 6 knife
Warzone Season 6 might have just come out, but this dev says he has been using these weapons since before launch.

Luckily, Swagg was on hand to reach out to who appeared to be David Mickner himself (Swagg didn’t explicitly verify himself, but the image looks like him), a multiplayer designer at Infinity Ward, to find out exactly what they run with, and the only way he could describe the loadout was “toxic.”

Mickner gave Swagg two different classes that he would typically run with: using either an M4A1 assault rifle or PKM LMG as a primary weapon, and keeping an AX-50 sniper or R9 shotgun in his back pocket. It depends, he says, on whether he’s playing regular BR or Plunder.

Though Mickner doesn’t go in-depth on attachments, Swagg takes on the PKM and R9 with a typical Warzone attachment collection. Here’s what he had on the PKM:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9” Extended Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Snatch Grip
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic

There’s no more information provided on what Swagg uses on the R9 shotgun, but there does tend to be some attachments that are almost a given when using it, including the Choke muzzle and, of course, the Fire Breath Rounds.

Swagg jokes at the beginning of the video, saying “that’s why they won’t nerf the R9,” but you can see why: he ends up dropping 30 kills with this loadout, looking absolutely dominant in each firefight, which will definitely have put him in the good books of teammate and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Check out our guides to the best PKM loadout and best R9 loadout for inspiration.