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YouTube Gaming’s Fwiz teases new features to compete with Twitch

Published: 8/Feb/2020 18:46

by Scott Robertson

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The Head of YouTube Gaming, Ryan ‘Fwiz’ Wyatt, teased upcoming updates to their live streaming platform on Twitter, and some of them reflect features that are currently synonymous with its largest competitor, Twitch.

According to YouTube Gaming’s leader, the platform will soon be implementing a couple of the most popular features of its biggest challenger – Twitch.

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After posting a promotional image for the opening weekend of Overwatch League, which is now to be exclusively streamed on YouTube, Fwiz was asked about in-game rewards for watching.

He confirmed that the YouTube team is indeed working on it, and that it’s something that they really want for OWL fans. He gave no timetable for when fans should expect it, and also gave no indication of whether Call of Duty League would get similar treatment.

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In seasons 1 and 2 of Overwatch League, during which they exclusively streamed on Twitch, players earned tokens from watching matches with a linked Blizzard account. Players could then use these tokens in-game to purchase League team hero skins.

It appears the tokens will return in some form when OWL switches over to YouTube, and Fwiz teased that viewership rewards won’t be the only thing coming over from Twitch.

When a followup reply asked for clips to be made available as well, he shared a reaction gif of another Cleveland native living in Los Angeles, LeBron James, struggling to hold back a smile. This appears to be a subtle indication that clips could be making an appearance on YouTube too.

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The clips feature is one of the biggest draws to the Twitch platform. Shareable clips allow for streamers to get views on their channel outside of their normal streaming hours. Mixer recently added clips, and only more recently added the ability for viewers to generate clips themselves.

While trying to draw traditional streamers away from Twitch is certainly going to be an uphill battle for YouTube, despite landing some big names like CouRage, Valkyrae, and LazarBeam. But they laid down the gauntlet in trying to take a portion of the esports viewership crowd early this year.

In January, just hours before CDL launched, Blizzard and YouTube announced that professional Call of Duty and Overwatch would stream exclusively on YouTube. CDL Launch Weekend peaked at over 80k viewers on YouTube, during the Hunstmen-Empire opener.

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Additions of both viewership rewards and clips could prove to be a major boost to YouTube’s campaign against Twitch.

Call of Duty

AS VAL and SP-R 208 nerfs coming to Warzone & Modern Warfare

Published: 7/Oct/2020 15:55

by Matt Porter

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Infinity Ward have confirmed that they are in the process of releasing a patch that will nerf Season 6’s AS VAL and SP-R 208 weapons, which have been causing major issues for players on both Modern Warfare multiplayer and Warzone.

Call of Duty fans are always eager for new weapons to be added to Warzone with the release of a new season, helping keep the ultra-popular battle royale mode fresh and exciting for those who regularly jump into Verdansk in search of victories.

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Adding new weapons isn’t always easy though, as making sure they are balanced and fair can prove to be tricky. You don’t know how they will truly perform until they are in the hands of the massive Call of Duty player base, and often need to be adjusted afterward to bring them in line with the other guns.

Season 6’s new weapons have proved to particularly problematic though, with the SP-R 208’s speed, power and accuracy as a sniper rifle allowing anyone to become a one-shot killing machine. While the AS VAL has been shooting through unlimited surfaces, thanks to then 10 round mag attachment that sees it slam through six walls with ease on maps like St. Petrograd.

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Unsurprisingly, Warzone and Modern Warfare fans aren’t particularly happy about the new weapons, which can make it impossible to avoid death while taking cover or make you an easy target for snipers.

Thankfully, Infinity Ward have been listening to the complaints, and a fix is on the way to get these problems ironed out for what is likely to be the final Modern Warfare in-game season.

In a tweet sent out by Infinity Ward‘s Senior Communications Manager Ashton Williams, not only are the developers intent on balancing the weapons, but they have already created the updates required and are testing them ahead of release.

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“We currently have a patch being tested that has weapon tuning for the AS VAL and SP-R 208,” it reads. “Pending any unforeseen issues, we’ll release it as soon as possible.”

While the fix is on the way, Williams didn’t go as far as giving a confirmed release date for the patch. These things can often be delayed due to other bugs cropping up as a result of the fix, so Infinity Ward will want to make sure that nothing else breaks because of it during thier testing phase.

At least a fix is on the way though, and soon you’ll be able to take cover behind walls safe in the knowledge that you aren’t about to get destroyed by someone with AS VAL aimed right where you’re hiding.

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