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Ex-Overwatch League caster MonteCristo blasts OWL’s low viewership

Published: 13/Apr/2020 0:15 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 13:01

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League Caster Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles threw a bit of shade at his former employer on April 12 when he took a shot at the League’s comparatively small audience on YouTube.

Monte moved on from the OWL following the 2019 season, and has since joined on with the broadcast talent of Flashpoint Season 1 – the new Counter-Strike organization-owned league headed by Cloud9 and Immortals.

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The Overwatch League also made the move from broadcasting all of their matches on Twitch to showing them exclusively on YouTube for the 2020 season, which has potentially contributed to a drop in viewership.

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2020 is the first year the OWL has broadcast exclusively on YouTube.

Unlike on Twitch, viewers who watch OWL matches on YouTube can no longer automatically earn Tokens, in-game currency that’s used to purchase skins, which could be a contributing factor to why they’re seeing less average viewers than they did on Twitch, a fact Monte couldn’t help but point out.

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“One of the best skills you can hone in your career,” Monte posted, along with images of both leagues viewer numbers. “Is knowing when to just get the f*ck out.”

Sure enough, Overwatch League had roughly 28,000 viewers watching, while Flashpoint on Twitch was racking up close to 40,000 at the same time.

To be fair though, Monte’s Flashpoint was struggling to break 1,500 viewers on YouTube, but that’s part of the advantage of being broadcast on multiple platforms, as Flashpoint is.

Whether or not the Overwatch League’s viewership numbers have actually tanked as drastically over the last year as so many have claimed is up for some debate.

Esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau countered that OWL and CDL as well sold to YouTube for $160 million over 3 years, while Flashpoint has yet to see such a lucrative offer.

“While this sounds good,” Monte admitted. “It ignores the franchise fees, production costs, extensive personnel costs, and more.”

Whether or not Flashpoint is in a better position than the Overwatch League is, or vice versa, remains to be seen, but Monte certainly seems to be relieved that he got away from his former gig when he did.

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

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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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.

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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