Doug ‘Censor’ Martin has long been known as one of the professional Call of Duty scene’s most vocal players, but who is the best player he’s ever come up against? Here, he explains why it’s Pierce ‘Gunless’ Hillman, who was dropped from the Chicago Huntsmen starting roster at the start of May 2020.
Censor has played alongside, and against, nearly every top CoD pro there is. He pinpointed Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat as the best player he has been a teammate with, but his pick for the best player he’s ever come up against may come as a shock.
When it comes to the best CoD player of all time, names like Karma, Crimsix and Scump dominate proceedings. Censor, however, has picked out Gunless as the best he’s ever played against.
Hillman was dropped from the Chicago Hunstmen’s starting lineup back in May and is yet to find himself a new CDL outfit. He experienced his breakout season back in Infinite Warfare, pushing eUnited to some top placements before his eventual move to FaZe Clan at the end of that season.
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.
Activision Blizzard, across all of their games, generated $1.2 billion in revenue from microtransactions between July and September 2020.
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.
“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.
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.