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Shroud criticizes gamers who expect everything for free

Published: 14/Mar/2020 12:28 Updated: 14/Mar/2020 12:32

by Joe Craven


Mixer streamer and ex-CS:GO professional Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why he is not a fan of gamers expecting in-game content for free, particularly in games that cost nothing to play. 

Large portions of the gaming community have been loving Call of Duty: Warzone since its March 10 launch, with the free to play battle royale being compared favorably to Blackout – the battle royale that launched as part of 2018’s Black Ops 4.


However, during a March 13 stream, shroud explained why he thinks developers asking players to purchase seasonal passes is completely fair, particularly when the game itself is free to download and play. 

Shroud referenced Warzone as a “fair” example of players having to pay for extra in-game content.

At the same time, he criticized players who expect in-game content to be given away completely for free. 


“What if they made a currency for this mode [Warzone] to buy skin operators and what not?” he read from a viewer. “Yeah but that kinda defeats the whole purpose of making money. There’s a battle pass, right, you can earn a lot from it.” 

He went on to state that players “have to” expect to pay something somewhere, and that he “doesn’t like” it when players expect a plethora of content completely for free, especially in a game that already costs nothing to download and play.

“There’s gotta be a point where you gotta pay something somewhere,” he continued. “If you’re getting Warzone for free and you really like the game, but you wanna earn some skins – buy the battle pass.”

He simultaneously commended the battle pass for its diversity of content and host of accessible skins. While some want the content completely for free, shroud seems to be of the opinion that the service being provided requires some literal payback from players. 

Similarly, Grzesiek praised game developers for battle pass systems that enable players to buy subsequent passes through items earned. 

For example, purchasing a Fortnite or Apex Legends battle pass will reward players with sufficient in-game currency to buy the next one without investing more real-world money. Provided they keep playing, players can acquire the battle passes at no extra cost.

“I think the system is pretty fair,” he concluded. “For Modern Warfare – it’s very fair. In general, most game devs are trying to be fair.”

While some players want to see a currency system added to Warzone, shroud clearly thinks the current system allows players to acquire in-game content while still rewarding developers for their hard work. 

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.


Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 


Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”


As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”


While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.


It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.