xQc explains why CoD pros are now held to different standards in the CDL

Published: 24/Nov/2019 23:57

by Andy Williams


Twitch star and former Overwatch pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has explained why Call of Duty pros must now act differently at the dawn of franchising, after Dallas Empire sub MuTeX was caught using offensive language on stream.

Activision’s Call of Duty League has welcomed hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, with team slots going for a reported $25 million

Twelve teams are now locked in and set to compete in the first season of the CDL, beginning January 2020. With the increased investment and the marketing power of Activision behind it, Call of Duty esports will likely experience a spike in interest. 

Activision. Twelve teams will battle it out on the CDL World Tour.

Three-time world champ, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, drew a comparison of the repercussions (or lack thereof) xQc faces while speaking in a similar vein on Twitch, versus those MuTeX faced after uttering derogatory remarks during a live broadcast

After dealing with the consequences of his actions while under contract within the Overwatch League, Lengyel was quick to respond to Barlow’s Tweet.

When your organization spends 25 million dollars to get a franchise slot, they want to make shareholders happy,” xQc said. “Don’t try to explain the current state of the culture to billionaire investors. Once you sign and earn their money, you play their game with their rules now.”

As a former Overwatch pro in the OWL, xQc has witnessed first-hand the difference of competing in a franchised league, and the impact that stepping out-of-line can have on your career. 

Following a stage 1 loss to Houston Outlaws, the former Dallas Fuel player made offensive comments while livestreaming, directed towards Outlaws player Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot. 

Subsequently, Lengyel was suspended by both the Overwatch League and Dallas Fuel — rendering him unable to compete until the end of Stage 1. 

Blizzard Entertainment.xQc played represented the Dallas Fuel banner in the Overwatch League.

Less than two months after the Canadian received his suspension, he was banned by the Overwatch League yet again — this time for the use of the ‘TriHard’ emote on the official Blizzard–governed stream. Two days after the incident, Dallas Fuel released Lengyel from their active roster. 

The former Overwatch pro issued his point-of-view from a position of experience, given the current interest from investors in the Call of League. 

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Black Ops Cold War Mid-Season 1 update: new modes, map, release date

Published: 8/Jan/2021 1:31

by Tanner Pierce


Treyarch have unveiled some brand-new details about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Season 1 Mid-Season update, including what content players should be able to expect once it goes live, as well as when it’ll actually be releasing. Here’s what you need to know.

If you’ve been patiently waiting for some new content to try out in Black Ops Cold War and today’s playlist update just isn’t doing it for you, then there’s some good news.

Treyarch have officially announced some more concrete details about the game’s Season 1 Mid-Season update, while it’s a bit more light compared to some other titles’ mid-season updates (specifically Modern Warfare’s), it still includes a good amount of content for fans to sink their teeth into.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Mid-Season content

Black Ops Cold War fans will be able to try out a new map and some new modes with the mid-season update.

First and foremost, fans will be able to get their hands on a brand new Fireteam Dirty Bomb map Sanatorium. Like all the content here, this was previously announced with the game’s original Season 1 update, but this will be the first time that players will be able to try it out for themselves.

In addition, players will be able to try out two new modes. The first is Dropkick for standard multiplayer, which will task two teams with fighting over a suitcase. The player who controls the suitcase will be given a “powerful pistol” and will need to hold onto it for as long as possible in order to win the match.

On the other hand, Cranked is coming for Zombies, which will require players to keep getting kills or else they’ll die and have to start their games all over again, which is a nice little twist compared to the standard, round-based modes.

Also on the Zombies train, PlayStation players will be able to try out the MP map Raid in the Onslaught game mode when the update goes live. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like players will be getting any new weapons during the mid-season update, as the only one we knew about was the Streetsweeper shotgun, which has already been added to the game.

Mid-Season update release date

According to Treyarch the game’s Season 1 Mid-Season update is set to go live on Thursday, January 14, 2020. As with the game’s main first season update, it’ll almost certainly be released as a full-blown, downloadable update on your system, rather than as a simple hotfix.

That being said, it’s currently unknown the exact time that it’ll be available for download on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. If it follows the trends of other updates, however, it should hit sometime in the early morning.

Once more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update, so stay tuned for more info.