Top Pro CoD Players Face off in CWL All Star Match at CWL Anaheim - Dexerto
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Top Pro CoD Players Face off in CWL All Star Match at CWL Anaheim

Published: 16/Jun/2018 19:24 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson

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The traditional all star match at CWL Anaheim is back for 2018, with eight of the top pros taking part in a match for fun – and glory.

The two team’s are made up of four players from Division A and four from Division B in Stage Two of the CWL Pro League, with the fans picking the ‘all star’ players.

The game is not necessarily ‘competitive’, but provides a much needed entertainment break from the full on tournament matches at the final major open event of the season.

The event was put on for charity, with $10,000 being raised for the Call of Duty endowment, a project which supports army veterans in the US.

The match features the following players:

Division A

Aches (Evil Geniuses), Chino (Team Envy), Kenny (Team Kaliber), Skrapz (Red Reserve)

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Division B

Clayster (eUnited), Wuskin (UNILAD), Gunless (Rise Nation), Scump (OpTic Gaming)

Watch the match below live from CWL Anaheim:

Watch live video from Call of Duty on www.twitch.tv

Update: Division B won the 2018 All Star match, as Rise Nation’s Gunless absolutely dominated, proving all that time he spends in public matches paid off!

$10,000 has gone to the Call of Duty endowment in Division B’s name, details of which you can read below:

What mode will be played?
Pro-Mod S&D. All items in game will be allowed.

What is the Call of Duty Endowment?
The Call of Duty Endowment is the official charity of the CWL. The Call of Duty Endowment aims to help combat veteran unemployment by helping veterans find high-quality jobs after their service. You can learn more about the important work the Call of Duty Endowment does by going here.

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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.