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Report: Vonderhaar says he was asked to ‘disconnect himself’ from Call of Duty

In a wild turn of events, David Vonderhaar said on Twitter late tonight that he was asked to disconnect himself from Call of Duty world for the day to day basis.

He says that it was asked by someone he respects, and that he ‘respects’ being told that. Vahn also states that he respects being asked to do that and wanting to say that “good luck to Call of Duty esports world heroes,” including Hecz, Fwiz, and Hastro.

Vahn has followed up with even more information and looking back at memories of the past.

We’ve reached out to Activision for a comment. We will update you when you learn more.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts Sets Its Sights On A November 22 Release Date

Sniper Ghost Warrior will return in November, with the latest game in the series taking place across five regions within Siberia.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 22, 2019. The news comes with a trailer, showing off a previously unseen area that you’ll get to explore called Black Gold. The trailer shows off some of the upcoming sequel’s stealthy gameplay, and a handful of new features added for this fourth game in the series.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts will feature a new ‘Dynamic Reticle’ system, which is designed so that players can better predict how their shot will go. We get a bit of a look at this in the trailer, with a trail indicating the path of the bullet when zoomed in. There are also Scout Drones in Contracts that players will be able to pilot, as well as an Augmented Reality Mask with integrated binoculars for stronger surveillance.

The game’s name comes from its new ‘contracts’ system, whereby you’ll talk to NPCs within each region who will give you your targets. There are 25 main contracts in the game, but there will be plenty of side objectives to complete as well.

The previous game in the series, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, was criticised for its sparse open world and general lack of sniping. In his 5/10 review, Richard Wakeling said that the game “falters whenever it veers away from its strengths, and the plethora of nagging glitches and technical problems are a persistent nuisance that make Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 difficult to recommend.”


Dissecting the media horror story of Succession episode 2

Every week, two members of the Polygon staff sit down to discuss and recap the latest episode of HBO’s Succession. We tackle the major moments in each episode, as well as provide a character-based Power Ranking of the week’s 10 most important players.

Last week’s Succession premiere ended with a heart-stopping exchange between Logan and Shiv. The second episode of the new season makes clear that the show has no intention of slowing down or toning down the intensity: “Vaulter,” is a brutal one, with the media website Kendall brought into the Waystar Royco fold front and center during the hour’s proceedings. Below, Polygon’s Karen Han and Emily Heller dig into exactly what the Vaulter commotion means, as well as flagging the warning signs for the rest of the season.

[Ed. note: Spoilers for Succession season 2, episode 2, “Vaulter,” follow.]

Looking despondent, Kendall (Strong) walks through the Vaulter offices.
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy in Succession.
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Kendall kills his own darlings, gutting Vaulter in a Vice-esque shutdown

Karen Han: If it wasn’t clear that Kendall was broken, it certainly is now. It’s truly awful watching him go through the motions of being alive — when he tells Lawrence that he gutted Vaulter “because my dad told me to,” it’s one of those patented Succession-devastation moments that make you laugh because you know the only other reaction is to cry. What makes it worse is knowing that he thought it was salvageable, but wouldn’t put up a fight because that’s not what Logan decides he wants.

Emily Heller: Succession is so good at making us feel for these characters while reminding us that they are, in fact, making decisions that affect the lives of countless others. Kendall doesn’t want to save Vaulter because he cares about its employees — he wants to save it because it’s one of his few accomplishments at Royco.

Watching those scenes as someone who works in digital media, it was both exhilarating and devastating to recognize so much of the language and imagery. Seeing audience analytics up on a screen nearly gave me an aneurism.

Karen: Yeah, when Chartbeat popped up on one of the screens behind Kendall, it took a solid year off of my life. It’s also kind of crazy to watch since that’s what’s been happening with a lot of major media companies, especially with Vaulter trying to unionize, and the company shutting down everything except the food and weed verticals and hiring interns/using user content to keep things afloat.

Emily: Shutting down Vaulter really does feel like a point of no return for Kendall. We talked last week about how he’s a shell of his former self and it seems like he’s completely lost everything that gave him life. As Roman points out, he can’t even hug his kids anymore. He’s in this weird purgatory where he’s no longer a viable choice for successor but he’s still caught up in his dad’s web. The image of Kendall sitting at a conference table in his dad’s office while Logan looms behind him is haunting.

Karen: It’s such a literal visual of how much Logan is just looming over Kendall’s entire life. What makes it worse that the one bit of rebellion that Kendall tries — shoplifting batteries — is something we know no one else would get away with, and because it’s not for personal gain at all. He steals a pack of batteries, and then promptly throws them out. It’s not as if he needs what he’s stealing, and if anything, this is yet another thing for the family to hold over his head.

Even giving Cousin Greg an apartment turns out to be kind of a hollow move, since he immediately uses the space to hold a party he doesn’t want to have at his own apartment. He has some of his worst lines in that scene, too, saying he’s “looking for love in all the wrong places,” which has been true since the beginning of the show, and saying that he’s “looking for pussy like a fucking techno-Gatsby.” Gross. True to Kendall’s character, but … gross.

Shiv, Tom, Roman, and Tabitha sit around a dinner table.
Shiv (Sarah Snook), Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Roman (Culkin), and Tabitha (Caitlin FitzGerald).
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Trouble in paradise for Shiv and Tom

Emily: In contrast to Kendall, someone who does seem to be enjoying his spoils is sweet, dumb Tom. He thinks he’s on top of the world: he’s taking over news which is where he wanted to be; He’s living in this incredible apartment with his wife, considering commissioning a huge portrait of the two of them to hang in the dining room (which he worries is “too Saddam”).

And he’s too sweet and dumb to notice that he is being played. Unbeknownst to him, Shiv singled out news as one of the areas she’d cut when she takes over. His only ally, Greg, doesn’t want to work at the right-wing propaganda machine that is ATN. And later he learns that Shiv has “modified” the plan he’s been working towards. Tom has hoped to take over Royco when Logan steps down, but Shiv just said yes to the job.

Karen: The power dynamics there are pretty interesting. When Roman invites Shiv and Tom over for dinner, he tells her that he thinks he’s next in line for the throne, excepting one other person: He asks her if he needs to be worried about Tom. He doesn’t even consider that Shiv might be his real competition.

The dinner also goes horribly, with Roman and Shiv ganging up to make fun of Tom’s taste in suits. We’ve seen the Roys behave pretty horribly towards Tom before, but I think it’s finally starting to get under his skin, what with Shiv telling him that she doesn’t think she can be monogamous, everyone at ATN being pretty hostile to him, and now with his plan for taking over Royco going kaput.

He reminds me a lot of Pete Campbell in Mad Men in that he, like all of the other characters of the show, isn’t a great person, but is maybe a little more clear-sighted about everything than the other characters. He’s the only person who seems to be able to be objective about ATN — no, he doesn’t have any qualms about working for a horrible news network, but he recognizes it for what it is — and he also explicitly tells Shiv that she should be careful, as Logan might do to her what he did to Kendall.

Emily: Karen Han — Pete Campbell apologist.

Karen: Honestly, yes.

Sid (Berlin) stands, looking down at Tom (Macfadyen), who is seated in her office.
Sid (Jeannie Berlin) and Tom (Macfadyen).
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Episode 2 power rankings

1. Shiv

Everything’s coming up Shiv — for now. She’s making a lot of risky moves, hoping for a big payoff. Pulling a “you can’t fire me, I quit” on a potential future president is ballsy, and Shiv has the biggest balls in this family. —Emily

2. Sid

God, I love Jeannie Berlin. The moment she popped up in the ATN offices, I screamed. Sid is high up on the power rankings list this week purely by virtue of being played by Jeannie Berlin. Extra points for how little she’s willing to put up with Tom. —Karen

3. Greg

Greg the Egg. Bigger than before? His telling Kendall that he “can take a lot in terms of psychological pain” is one of his saddest lines thus far, as it goes a long way towards explaining why he’s so willing to be this awful family’s punching bag. It’s worse given how long it takes him to realize that Kendall isn’t joking about giving him the apartment, even if it’s for less than great reasons. Save him! —Karen

4. Tabitha

“You should try swallowing something.” —Emily

5. Logan

Logan telling Marcia to turn off the Alexa in their house because he doesn’t want Jeff Bezos listening to him is just … chef’s kiss. —Karen

6. Kendall

Everyone keeps telling me that they like Timothée Chalamet because he’s a skinny, sickly boy they want to nurse back to health and honestly that’s how I feel about Kendall. —Karen

7. Tom

His suits are fine! Leave him alone! (I also want to note that his coffee is from Maison Kayser, not Starbucks, which feels like a perfect money-detail.) —Karen

8. Marcia

Marcia always plays things pretty close to the vest so who knows what she’s scheming, but Logan sending her out of the room while he’s talking to Shiv is … not great, Bob. —Emily

9. Roman

Besides throwing an excellent dinner party, Roman has been sinking. He straight up admitted that he didn’t know what to do with Vaulter, and doesn’t see the metaphorical shark in the tank with him. (I’m talking about Shiv.) (He doesn’t see his sister as a threat and that will be his undoing.) —Emily

10. The Vaulter guy who spits in Kendall’s face

Hopefully that momentary satisfaction will sustain him after his health benefits run out. At least he can blame his firing on “Facebook chang[ing] their algorithm.” —Emily


Watch Nintendo’s Gamescom Showcase Press Conference; Start Time And More Details

Nintendo is preparing for Gamescom. The biggest video game convention in Europe will include presentations from Microsoft, Google, and of course, Nintendo. The house of Mario will be presenting new trailers for its 2019 Nintendo Switch lineup throughout the Gamescom festivities, but is devoting its livestream presentation to indie games coming to its digital Nintendo Eshop.

Nintendo says it will be debuting new footage throughout the week, including Luigi’s Mansion 3, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Astral Chain, Dragon Quest XI S, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and The Witcher 3. A tweet from the Nintendo UK account says the livestream on Monday, August 19 will be focused on IndieWorld.

Host Geoff Keighley will formally kick off this year’s event with Gamescom: Opening Night Live. That will include announcements and new trailers from major publishers and special guests. Google and Microsoft also have their own presentations planned, with Stadia Connect and Inside Xbox presentations.

Check below for the Nintendo Indie World start time in your area, and bookmark this page to watch it live. Plus, be sure to look at our full schedule of Gamescom press conferences for more.

Nintendo Gamescom Indie World Showcase – August 19

  • 6 AM PT
  • 9 AM ET
  • 1 PM GMT
  • 11 PM AEST


HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones is a holy wonder

Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green have a sixth sense when it comes to the American climate. Their two previous projects for HBO, Eastbound & Down, about a burnt-out, blowhard baseball player who believed he was owed better in life, and Vice Principals, about two incompetent white men who believe themselves entitled to a position a black woman has earned, have only felt more and more prescient as time has passed.

Their latest series, the marvelous The Righteous Gemstones, which premieres Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10pm, feels just as on the nose, if also a slight reversal from the usual formula. The Gemstones are a family of famous televangelists — in other words, unlike Eastbound & Down’s Kenny Powers or Vice Principals’ Neal Gamby, they’re not struggling to make their way up the ladder, and don’t engender much sympathy given their seeming utter lack of hardship. With the exception of the Gemstone patriarch, Eli (John Goodman), they were born at the top, and are doing their best to maintain that status, even if it means running other preachers out of town or (quite literally) getting their hands dirty.

The eldest Gemstones son Jesse’s (McBride) misfortunes set the series into motion, as a video of Jesse partying becomes blackmail material in the hands of a few folks who believe the family is full of hypocrites. Of course, they’re not wrong; the Gemstones are more concerned with the wealth brought in by their megachurches than what they’re preaching. Jesse may be the most hedonistic of the lot, but his siblings aren’t much better off. Kelvin (Adam Devine), who heads the Gemstones’ youth ministry efforts, is a petty poser, and Judy (Edi Patterson), who is relegated to being a glorified secretary thanks to the church’s (and her family’s) sexism, takes out her frustrations by skimming a little off the top.

Judy (Patterson), looking grumpy, crosses her arms over her chest.
Edi Patterson as Judy Gemstone.
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Only Eli seems to have a handle on faith, having built the Gemstone empire from scratch, but it’s clear that the passing of his wife, Aimee-Leigh (country star Jennifer Nettles), was also the departure of the family’s moral compass. Greed is a given for the Gemstone children, but for Eli, it’s still something to be fought. That intersection of faith and money, and the idea of the corporatization of faith, serves as a fascinating backdrop to the Gemstone story, and strengthens the series’ broader focus on the family’s dynamics. As with Succession, HBO’s other series about a family empire with a ruthless, aging patriarch, it’s clear that Eli isn’t terribly impressed by his children, but, unlike Logan Roy, his love for them is much more palpable, and lends a bitter edge to the laughter their antics may provoke.

The Righteous Gemstones’ dramatic edge is more pronounced than Jesse’s giant mutton chops and Kelvin’s Bieber-esque wardrobe might immediately suggest. The ridiculous — a mass baptism thrown into chaos when the waves are turned on in the pool — is counterbalanced by the vacuum that Aimee-Leigh’s passing has clearly left in the characters’ lives, as well as the sense that none of them quite know how to express themselves in a genuine way. The question of whether or not a gesture is being made out of sincerity or to wheedle something out of the other person constantly hangs over the show.

It’s made bearable rather than insufferable by operating a little like an advent calendar, with each episode opening a few more windows into the lives of each of these characters. The most poignant of the episodes sent out for review is set entirely in flashback prior to Aimee-Leigh’s death, with the uneasy rapport between the young Aimee-Leigh, Eli, and Baby Billy — and its snowballing effect upon Jesse, Judy, and the then-unborn Kelvin — helping to flesh out what’s happening in the show’s present timeline.

Jesse (McBride) watches as Eli (Goodman) threatens to slap Kelvin (Devine).
A tense scene at church lunch.
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Big swings like the flashback are neatly complemented by smaller and stranger character moments — Judy asking Eli to slap her too after he slaps Jesse and Kelvin, protesting that she’s a Gemstone, too; Kelvin’s best friend and former Satan worshipper Keefe (Tony Cavalero), who says, “Night night,” instead of goodbye in the middle of the day; the Gemstones referring to the less well-off as “poverty people.” (There are other, more pointed details, too, like Jesse’s wife, played wonderfully by Cassidy Freeman, taking pride in how quickly and accurately she can shoot a gun.)

It’s all evidence that there’s a bigger picture at play than the one put into motion by Jesse’s blackmailers. As with Vice Principals, the full scope of it takes a little while to become clear, but the ride there is not to be missed. It’s First Reformed crossed with Succession as filtered through McBride, Hill, and Green’s sensibilities, as cutting as it is funny, and a perfect heir to Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals’ mantle.


Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Will Cover The Cell Saga And Filler Material, Including The Fan-Favourite Driving Test Episode

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will cover more of the anime than the footage we’ve seen so far has suggested. While all the trailers have shown familiar scenes up to the point of Goku’s iconic fight with Frieza, and the moment when Goku turns Super Saiyan for the first time on Namek, it’s now been confirmed that we’ll get events beyond this as well.

In the latest issue of Jump magazine published in Japan (as picked up by Ryokutya2089, and translated by Siliconera), it’s confirmed that the game will stretch to at least the Cell saga, which will feature Kid Gohan and Future Trunks as playable characters (alongside, presumably, Goku). The Androids will also feature, and there will be “original episodes” for both Gohan and Android 16, both of whom play a pivotal part in this saga. It’s not yet clear whether the events of the Boo saga will feature in the game.

It’s also been confirmed that the game will cover filler material from the original series, including the famous (or infamous, depending on who you’re talking to) episode where Goku and Piccolo learn how to drive on Chi-Chi’s insistence. This will involve taking part in a driving minigame as part of your adventure.

The same preview states that the game will include a new character, a former member of the Ginyu Force. Series creator Akira Toriyama has said that the game will feature new, previously untold side stories, and it sounds like this will be one of them. The new character is named Bonyo, and will be from the same planet as Jeice, another member of the squad. She’s a rare woman in the DBZ universe of fighters, who apparently left the Ginyu Force because she didn’t care for their poses.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2020.


Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — August 18-24, 2019

New Releases breaks down the biggest games launching each week, and this episode is full of games from developers you might already love. Double Fine has the action-RPG Rad, Gunfire Games is launching Remnant: From the Ashes, and Tokyo RPG Factory is releasing Oninaki. Meanwhile, UnderMine comes to Steam Early Access and Nintendo Switch gets Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution.

Rad — August 20

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

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The “rad” in Double Fine’s newest adventure is short for “radiation,” because you’ll be exploring a post-apocalyptic irradiated world. The deeper you go, the more radiation you’ll absorb, developing crazy mutations that give you special powers. You’ll have to use a combination of mutant abilities and your trusty baseball bat to beat down the nuclear monsters in this world.

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Remnant: From The Ashes — August 20

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch

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Speaking of defeating monsters, Remnant: From the Ashes is a survival shooter that pits you against all manner of big beasts. The more you defeat, the more you’ll be able to upgrade your armor and weapons. Each of the game’s four worlds–Earth, Raesa, Rhom, and Corsus–is dynamically generated, so you’ll have new quests and events to experience each time you jump in.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution — August 20

Available on: Switch

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For the uninitiated, Yu-Gi-Oh is played by dealing cards that either summon monsters, cast spells, or lay traps as you aim to reduce your opponent’s life force to zero. Link Evolution lets you build your deck from over 9,000 of those cards as you duel characters from the super-popular anime series. You can take on other players in online duels too.

UnderMine — August 20

Available on: PC

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UnderMine is a roguelike, which means you’re going to lose lots of characters to the monsters and traps as you dig deeper into each new layer of the mine. Fortunately, new miners retain the upgrades from your previous runs. UnderMine is headed to Early Access on Steam first, with future releases planned on Xbox One and Switch as well.

Oninaki — August 22

Available on: PS4, PC, Switch

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Oninaki might still be an RPG, but the team behind I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear is changing things up this time. Most notably, there’s a lot more action thanks to a hack-and-slash battle system. As far as story goes, Oninaki is about the Watchers, who guide trapped souls into the afterlife.

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There’s one more episode of New Releases for the month of August, and it’s the most jam-packed episode yet. Next week, we’ll take a look at World of Warcraft Classic, Astral Cain, Blair Witch, and more.


eUnited wins the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship

It’s an end of an era.

eUnited has secured the win to be crowned the 2019 Call of Duty World Champion at the final CWL Champs event for Call of Duty.

32 teams started their journey to compete in this event on August 14, and over the course of the weekend, some incredible players were on show from OpTic to eUnited to 100 Thieves.

Here’s the top 3 teams from the 2019 CWL Champs, with first place taking home $800,000.

  1. eUnited
  2. 100 Thieves
  3. OpTic Gaming

Call of Duty esports will start anew with 2020 season and Modern Warfare as the company moves to a franchised based city league for Call of Duty going forward.

A lot of details on the league will be announced soon, and we’ll of course keep you updated.

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Leak reveals new information on 2020 Call of Duty esports season

A new leaked deck acquired by our sister site Dexerto has provided some new information regarding the 2020 Call of Duty esports season.

As announced, the Call of Duty esports league will transition to a franchise based city league in 2020, but Activision has not announced full details on the league.

This leak provides some additional reporting on what to expect for the 2020 season. The leaked deck revealed that the company wants to run the league from January to July in 2020.

Teams will be required to sign a General Manager for the team, and have 7-10 players as part of the team with a minimum $50,000 salary.

Activision also expects that team slots for the league could be as expensive as $45 million for expansion teams in 10 years from now. Activision hopes to have 28 city teams for the league going into the future.

The deck also claims that media rights for the league will be at $20 million. In another surprise too, the deck stated that the Overwatch League in its first year was expected to generate $25 million in revenue, but instead did $82 million in revenue.

Activision Blizzard provided this statement to Dexerto: As a matter of policy, we don’t typically comment on rumors and speculation. What we will say however is that there are factual inaccuracies in this reporting. Further information on the future of Call of Duty esports is forthcoming and we look forward to sharing it with the community soon. In the meantime, we’re watching and celebrating the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship taking place this weekend.”

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Next Operation Will Add A Cool New Grappling Hook And A Reworked Kanal

Ubisoft announced new details about the upcoming third season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 4 were announced today at the Rainbow Six Major in Raleigh. A new operation is coming called Ember Rise. It will add two new operators, a revamped version of the map Kanal, a battle pass system and a series of quality of life improvements to the game.

The most exciting of the two new operators is Amaru, an attacker from Peru. She comes equipped with standard weapons, but will also be able to use a new grappling hook tool. The Garra hook will let her zip to the tops of buildings and into windows, where she can actually use her speed to kick and kill opponents standing close to the window.

The other new operator is Goyo, a defender from Mexico who was raised by Amaru. Goyo has a Volcan shield which can provide cover, but it also has a special ability. It has an incendiary bomb attached to it that can burst and deal fire damage to any nearby enemies.

Kanal, a classic map that has been around in Rainbow Six Siege for years, is getting a full rework. Ubisoft says this rework is intended to make the map easier to navigate and move through, with new stairs and paths linking parts of the map. Bomb sites have also been moved to new areas.

With this new season and operation, Siege will introduce a Battle Pass system, starting with a smaller pass named “Call Me Henry.” According to a press release from Ubisoft, the “Mini Battle Pass” is “Phase 1 of Rainbow Six Siege’s Battle Pass deployment in Year 4 and will launch during Year 4 Season 3 for free.” That sentence sounds like gibberish the more I read it, but the takeaway is Battle Passes are coming to Siege.

Beyond these bigger changes, Ubisoft promises improved menus, new updates to fight player toxicity and better map rotation for different playlists. These changes will go live on the Rainbow Six Siege test server on August 19, where Ubisoft will watch for bugs and balance issues.

No release date was given for when the update would hit the main version of the game.