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Treyarch respond to claims that Black Ops 4 microtransactions are run by Mark Lamia

Published: 27/Jul/2019 11:28 Updated: 27/Jul/2019 12:03

by Joe Craven


Treyarch, developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, have denied the rumors that Studio Chairman Mark Lamia is solely responsible for the game’s microtransactions, after a leaker claimed to have “inside” information. 

Call of Duty titles of late have – generally – received significant criticism for their implementations of microtransactions. Treyarch’s two most recent CoD titles have arguably been the most widely condemned. 

2015’s Black Ops III, by the end of its life cycle, had more supply-drop exclusive weapons than base weapons. Similarly, Black Ops 4 has seen a number of weapons added exclusively to reserve crates, meaning they are incredibly difficult for players to obtain, if they are unwilling to spend big.

ActivisionBlack Ops III’s Black Market is a hub for microtransactions, and was carried over into Black Ops 4.

There have been discussions over who is to blame for these microtransactions, with many arguing Activision, CoD’s long-time publisher, are ultimately responsible.

However, one Twitter account, known for leaking CoD information, cast doubt on this view recently. On July 24, they tweeted that “Mark Lamia is the one managing MTX at Treyarch, nobody else”. 

It also states that Activision “just overlooks everything and controls the larger things, such as the Season Pass”. 

Twitter: NotHedexThe original tweet, from an account claiming to have “inside” information.

Mark Lamia is the Chairman of Treyarch, a company he has worked with for over 9 years, since he delivered the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops back in 2010. 

However, in response to the Twitter accusations, Treyarch’s Community Manager responded via Reddit. “Typically we don’t respond to rumors, but this claim is based on false information and is targeting an individual,” it starts. 

It goes on to explain that Lamia transitioned to a more senior role during Black Ops 3, but that “no single person is solely responsible for decisions around design of the game – it’s always a team effort”. 


It concludes by stating that the accusations are “hurtful and unfair”, and that they want the focus to return to “constructive feedback’, rather than singling out individuals to scapegoat. 

While many community members are still unhappy with Black Ops 4’s microtransactions, it’s clear Treyarch are reluctant to reveal the real reason for their implementation, and are not going to alter this tight-lipped approach anytime soon. 

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Best Stoner 63 loadout in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 27/Nov/2020 9:47

by James Busby


LMGs aren’t exactly known for their mobility, but the Stoner 63 is one gun you’ll want to try giving a go. With the right attachments, it can be a real winner for you in Black Ops Cold War. 

The Stoner 63 has been a fan-favorite gun amongst LMG enthusiasts since it tore its way through the virtual battlefields of the original Black Ops. While it may no longer be as potent as it once was, this LMG still packs a punch. Whether you’re looking to grab the DM Ultra camo or aiming to get those all-important multi-kills, the Stoner 63 will enable you to do just that. 

It might not be as fast as the game’s SMG and assault rifle classes, but the Stoner 63 is arguably the most viable LMG in the game. Unlike the M60 and RPD, this LMG actually has decent accuracy by default. When you combine this with its high-damage rounds, you have a recipe for success.

Best Stoner 63 loadout

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
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The Stoner 63 is the most viable LMG in Black Ops Cold War.

Here’s the best attachments you can use on your Stoner 63 in Black Ops Cold War:


  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
  • Barrel: 20.7 Match Grade
  • Body: SOF Target Designator
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 100 RND
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Pad

While the Stoner 63 has a fairly decent standard sight, the Millstop Reflex remains a staple pick for most guns in Black Ops Cold War. It instantly gets rid of any annoying obstructions and provides a clear picture of your surroundings. 

Next up is the Muzzle Brake 5.56 and Field Agent Grip. Both of these attachments make the Stoner 63’s vertical recoil a lot more manageable, especially when firing for longer periods of time. The gun will still creep up the screen during prolonged engagements, but you’ll usually kill your target before needing to make any major adjustments. 

The 20.7 Match Grade increases the LMG’s damage by a whopping 100% enabling you to sit back and beam anyone that dares stray into your sights. When this is combined with the added reveal distance from the SOF Target Designator, you have a truly lethal combination. 

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
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Don’t expect to be light on your feet when you’re wielding this LMG.

While this loadout is not tailored around close-quarter fights, it can still give you a fighting chance against the game’s ever-popular SMG and AR classes. This is thanks to the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raid Pad stock, which minimizes the gun’s ADS time and sprint to fire penalty. 

No LMG loadout would be complete without featuring a large magazine, so the 100 RND mag has been utilized. This enables you to effortlessly take down multiple foes or greatly damage any pesky Scorestreaks that are flying around. Just make sure you find somewhere safe to reload, as the lengthy animation can prove frustrating. 

So there you have it, a Stoner 63 loadout that will enable you to barrage your enemies with deadly precision. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel