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Vikkstar reveals why he’s quitting Warzone and when he might return

Published: 30/Jan/2021 21:31

by Julian Young

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Call of Duty content creator, YouTube personality and London Royal Ravens co-owner Vikram ‘Vikkstar’ Singh Barn announced he is quitting Warzone, and revealed that only a significant update to the game can convince him to return.

Call of Duty: Warzone took the battle royale scene by storm with its release on March 10, 2020. In almost a year since its debut, the game has achieved impressive milestones including 80 million downloads alongside millions of hours watched on platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

Warzone started off strong, but has suffered from a number of issues since its release. Various game-breaking bugs and exploits, along with a rising number of cheaters, have led to more and more criticism from the game’s pro players and content creators.

The latest creator sharing their concerns is powerhouse YouTuber Vikkstar. Previously one of the game’s top players and content creators, he announced his departure from the BR and confirmed it will take a lot to bring him back.

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Vikkstar’s video shows footage of another player hacking and streaming on Facebook Gaming at the same time.

In a recent video, Vikkstar began by explaining the decline in Warzone-based content on his channel and confirmed hackers are the reason for his move away from Verdansk. “The game is in the worst state it’s ever been,” he noted, calling out the infestation of hackers that have taken over Warzone.

“Activision really isn’t addressing how many hackers there are in the game,” he continued. Further, the streamer recounted that, while playing Warzone earlier in the day, he encountered a hacker that was streaming their gameplay – hacks and all – to more than 100 viewers on Facebook Gaming.

“They’re a Prestige 2 account with loads of hours on the game, and they’re just sat there hacking and nothing is done about it,” he pointed out. “There’s always more and more hackers,” he went on, echoing the feelings of many other creators when it comes to the large number of cheaters in the game.

“It’s in an awful, awful state. This is sad for me,” the creator said as he looked back on his time as a competitor and host of his own Warzone tournament. He also expressed frustration with the failure to address Warzone’s cheating problems, and reiterated that “the player base of the game is now so saturated with hackers.”

“You either laugh or you cry at how sad it is, that this is the state of a game that we used to love and grind every single day,” he went on. Vikkstar then dived into his relationship with Activision, and how he hoped this video might help to bring more attention to the cheating issues.

“Even though I’m a CoD Partner, this is a way to reach out to Activision and say ‘This needs to be addressed. Really this needs to be fixed,'” he confirmed. The creator also shared his grim outlook on the cheating situation, and warned that “it truly will be the death of the game.”

Like Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier’s recent criticisms, Vikkstar then revealed that playing with so many hackers was simply too stressful for him to continue creating content in Warzone: “Perhaps if there’s a new update to the game, we have some new stuff to cover, a new map that will bring me back, but until then it’s so painful to play.”

“Hopefully you guys appreciate me speaking up and using my platform for that, and we can kinda band together, amplify this and really put out a message to Activision and Raven,” he went on. After showing his viewers footage of the hacker streaming to Facebook, Vikkstar simply commented “What an absolute joke.”

The YouTuber is far from the first creator to voice his concerns about the state of cheating in Warzone, but as a CoD Partner and co-owner of a Call of Duty League team, Activision will likely pay close attention to his criticisms as the cheating problem in Warzone continues to grow.

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Female CoD Mobile pro SOL reportedly murdered in Brazil

Published: 23/Feb/2021 22:31 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 22:46

by Bill Cooney

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A female CoD Mobile pro from Brazil named Ingrid “SOL” Oliveira Bueno da Silva has reportedly been murdered by another player in the esports scene.

SOL, who was only 19 years old at the time of her death, was just beginning her career in esports and was playing with org FBI (Fantastic Brazil Impact) E-sports CoD Mobile team.

On February 23, multiple sources including ESPN Brazil, reported that SOL had been found stabbed to death in the home of another CoD Mobile player known as Guilherme “Flashlight” Alves Costa in Pirituba, São Paulo, Brazil.

According to reports, he met SOL online, and after being arrested he confessed to the murder, telling investigators he had planned it out beforehand.

In a video posted of the suspect being arrested, he can be heard saying, according to translations, “My sanity is completely fit,” and “I wanted to do this,” while being handcuffed by police.

Alves Costa also reportedly uploaded a video of the crime to various groups he used to interact with, including gamerselite.codm on Instagram.

A statement posted by the group and translated by Dexerto states that just after committing the crime, the suspected murderer posted video of it into their group WhatsApp, while also making nods to terrorism and including hate speech against Christians, which was quickly turned over to police.

 

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SOL was killed on Monday, February 22, but news of the tragic incident began to spread on social media the next day after Brazilian CoD organization Jaguares Gaming posted a tribute to her on Twitter.

“It is with deep sadness that Jaguares Esports wishes strength to SOL’s family and the FBI Esports team,” they wrote. “We are all in mourning. Rest in peace and justice be done.”

As the news broke, tributes poured in for SOL (Portuguese for “sun”) from around the Brazilian esports scene, including from her own team, FBI Esports.

“She was an extraordinary person whom we will remember every day that the sun rises,” Krony, a member of FBI Esports wrote on Instagram. “Every day that the Sun touches us, every time we look at the Sun, we will remember her.”

 

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It is currently unknown as to what sentence Alves Costa is facing or will receive for the crime, but Dexerto will keep you updated as news continues to come out about this tragic story.