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Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6

To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.

Live in game now is:

  • 2XP in MP
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP Party Game Moshpit

All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.

For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!

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Modern Warfare January 28 Update – Playlists, Weapon Updates, And More

Infinity Ward has released the latest playlist update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

With this playlist update, Infinity Ward has added in a new playlist, alongside rotating the current 24/7 playlist in the game.

Here’s what was updated:

  • NEW Playlist: Deathmatch Domination
  • NEW Playlist: Gunfight Variant that allows loadouts
  • 24/7 Playlist: Shipment 24/7

Here’s the FULL patch notes:

Playlist Update

  • Added Deathmatch Domination!
  • Added Gunfight Custom!
  • Shipment 24/7 is back! (Replaces Shoot the Ship)
  • Removed Winter Docks
  • Moved Capture the Flag into the Quick Play Filter

GENERAL FIXES:

  • Weapons:
    • MP5: Reduced headshot multiplier, Small reduction to 10mm range
    • M4: Small damage decrease to reduce headshot effectiveness, Small range decrease
    • M13: Range increase, Small reduction to horizontal recoil, Small damage increase to boost headshot effectiveness
    • Crossbow: Players are able to shoot down an enemy Support Helo with only 3 Thermite Bolts. This has been adjusted; 5 to take down a VTOL and 6 to take down a Support Helo and Chopper Gunner
  • Fix for an exploit in Ground War via ATV
  • Fix for missing character model on the LA OpTic CDL skin
  • Shipment: Spawn tuning to reduce the frequency of instant deaths and spawn traps. Adjustments to spawn positions around the edge of the map for all modes. New spawn logic for Domination.
  • When using keyboard and mouse, a controller button prompt will appear to access the Social Menu while matchmaking. On PC with a PS4 controller, the button prompt will appear as an Xbox prompt. This has been fixed.

In the store, there is now a new Lunar New Year bundle in the For You section to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Alongside this, from January 31 at 10AM PT through February 3 at 10AM PT, the tiers for Battle Pass will be on sale. The price per tier will be 100CP for the limited period in-game.

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Activision looking to offer rewards for watching Call of Duty League on YouTube

Activision Blizzard announced on Friday a new multi year agreement with Google and YouTube to have YouTube as the exclusive streaming partner of the company’s esports leagues.

The newly launched Call of Duty League will be exclusively streamed on YouTube all year long, alongside the Overwatch League.

For the Overwatch League, in the past with Twitch, the league offered in game rewards for watching the stream for certain durations. Call of Duty has even offered some rewards for watching major content creators streams in Modern Warfare over the past few months.

Now, Activision Blizzard Esports CEO says on Twitter they’re ‘exploring ways’ to offer rewards for watching the Call of Duty League on YouTube.

Ryan Wyatt, also known as Fwiz, the head of gaming at YouTube also confirmed in an interview on Wired on Friday that it’s in their roadmap to add support for rewards by watching the stream, but there wasn’t a date yet for it to be added.

Wyatt shared that, in the future, it’s “very much on our roadmap” for them to offer rewards for Call of Duty and Overwatch League viewers.

YouTube does appear to support the feature of giving rewards for watching streams, as Epic Games offered exclusive rewards for watching Fortnite in YouTube in the past.

We’ll keep you updated on this feature as more is shared in the future.

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This Week in Modern Warfare – Playlist Updates And More

The Activision Blog has shared a look at what’s coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare this week.

Here’s the breakdown, including a Lunar New Year sale, Shipment 24/7, and Deathmatch Domination.

The 2v2 tension-filled battle is changing its tune when it comes to loadouts. Instead of being given a loadout at spawn, players can choose the armaments that they bring into this firefight. Consider how a stage might fare better with certain weapon types, then craft your best loadout and head into battle. 

Deathmatch Domination combines TDM and Domination into an epic mashup that rewards players for getting kills and playing the objective. Capture the flags and take down enemies in your path and both will push your team to victory on the scoreboard. Focus on staying alive while holding objective areas to maximize your team’s chances of getting the win. 

All Shipment. All the time. The chaotic, fun Shipment 24/7 playlist returns. Load into this tight battleground and rack up kills and XP while playing through a host of game modes. 

Celebrate with the ‘Lunar New Year’ bundle. This bundle features items festively themed to mark the first new moon of the lunar calendar. Packed with charms, emblems, a calling card, two tier skips, and more get the ‘Lunar New Year’ bundle in the Featured section of the Modern Warfare Store. 

Want to pick up some extra Tiers in Modern Warfare? A Tier sale will go live on January 31 at 10AM PT to February 3 at 10 AM PT. Get individual Tiers in Modern Warfare for 100CP and check the Just For You section of the Store to get Tier bundles on sale. 

SOURCE: Activision

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare January 24 Community Update

Infinity Ward has released the latest community update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on their blog.

The update reveals some additional details on the stat reset error from this week’s update, teases new playlists, and more.

Here’s the full update:

With our latest update out the door, it’s been a busy week at the studio! Let’s take a look at what’s been going on…

On Wednesday, we released our latest title update. We added Aniyah Palace back into rotation, added Capture the Flag to the playlist menu, and also brought back Shoot the Ship. We also gave everyone 5 additional loadout slots for that new Crossbow and fixed quite the list of bugs.

You can check out patch notes for Wednesday’s update HERE

You can also view the notes on our Trello board, HERE. This board shows you known issues we’re investigating and bugs we’re looking into, so be sure to bookmark the board so you can stay up to date! 

Did you receive an error prompt while downloading Wednesday’s update and have your combat record stats reset?

During Wednesday’s update, some users were given an error prompt and for those who clicked “Yes”, their combat record stats were temporarily reset.

This also reset your custom loadouts, Operator customizations, Killstreaks, and Field Upgrade selections back to their default state.

As of today, anyone who clicked “Yes” and had their combat record stats reset should now see their combat record displaying properly and as they were prior to initiating Wednesday’s title update. This won’t restore your customizations, so you’ll need to set those up again to your liking.

If you were part of this group who had their stats reset and are not seeing them restored, please reach out to us! 

Are you stuck in a download loop with “Spec Ops DLC” on PS4? 

This is still being investigated. Please keep an eye on our Trello board and @InfinityWard on Twitter for updates on this issue. Thank you again for your patience. 

We’re also working on some fun twists on old favorites, like Deathmatch Domination…and we’re working on a version of Gunfight with some updated loadouts. We also have some more 2XP events coming your way over the next few weeks too, so stay tuned for more details!

Want to meet some of the IW staff? Check out our latest developer diary with Associate Producer, Rick Alvarez, HERE!

Ready for some Modern Warfare esports? Tune in to the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend, live from the Armory in Minnesota! Watch pro matches, get gameplay analysis, and catch Sunday’s celebrity hype battles, all live on CallofDutyLeague.com

SOURCE: IW

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Activision Blizzard to use Google Cloud as new hosting infrastructure

Activision Blizzard and Google today announced a massive deal that brings all of Activision Blizzard esports leagues to stream only on YouTube.

In addition, the company announced that Activision Blizzard will use Google Cloud as its new host provider for their game technology.

Activision Blizzard and Google announced today a multi-year strategic relationship to power new player experiences. Google Cloud will serve as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard’s game hosting infrastructure and YouTube as its exclusive streaming partner worldwide, excluding China, for live broadcasts of its popular esports leagues and events — including Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, and more. 

With hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world, Activision Blizzard sought a partner to help enhance its gaming infrastructure, as well as deliver superior, low-latency player experiences. The company turned to Google Cloud because of its highly reliable global footprint, advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and commitment to open source, creating a platform for building future gaming innovations. 

Players will benefit by experiencing premium network quality-of-service, including low latency and packet loss when playing high-fidelity games on any device. They will also have optimal personalized interactions, as Activision Blizzard can tap into Google Cloud’s AI tools to offer curated recommendations for in-game offers and differentiated gaming experiences. 

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience,” said Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud. “We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

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Call of Duty League 2020 season to be streamed on YouTube

Activision Blizzard has announced a partnership with to be the official streaming partner for the 2020 Call of Duty League season.

All of the 2020 Call of Duty League matches will be viewable on YouTube on the official Call of Duty League channel throughout the 2020 season.

Activision Blizzard and Google announced today a multi-year strategic relationship to power new player experiences. Google Cloud will serve as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard’s game hosting infrastructure and YouTube as its exclusive streaming partner worldwide, excluding China, for live broadcasts of its popular esports leagues and events — including Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, and more. 

With hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world, Activision Blizzard sought a partner to help enhance its gaming infrastructure, as well as deliver superior, low-latency player experiences. The company turned to Google Cloud because of its highly reliable global footprint, advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and commitment to open source, creating a platform for building future gaming innovations. 

Players will benefit by experiencing premium network quality-of-service, including low latency and packet loss when playing high-fidelity games on any device. They will also have optimal personalized interactions, as Activision Blizzard can tap into Google Cloud’s AI tools to offer curated recommendations for in-game offers and differentiated gaming experiences. 

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience,” said Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud. “We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

“We’re excited to partner with Google to drive the next generation of gaming innovation for the industry. Google Cloud’s best-in-class infrastructure gives us the confidence to deliver great entertainment to our fans around the world,” said Jacques Erasmus, Chief Information Officer, Activision Blizzard. 

Additionally, beginning this week, YouTube will host the official live broadcasts of Activision Blizzard’s popular esports leagues and events including the newly created Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, Hearthstone Esports, and more. The inaugural Call of Duty League season kicks off on Friday, January 24, with 12 teams competing in Minnesota, and the Overwatch League’s 2020 season will follow on February 8. All competitions will be livestreamed on each league’s YouTube channel and will include archived and other special content. 

“With more than 200 million gamers a day watching more than 50 billion hours of gaming content per year, YouTube provides gamers and their passionate fans with the most popular video gaming platform in the world,” said Ryan Wyatt, Head of Gaming, YouTube. “Both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League are the quintessential examples of world class esports content. As a former Call of Duty esports commentator myself, I couldn’t be more excited for Activision Blizzard to choose YouTube as its exclusive home for the digital live streaming of both leagues. This partnership further demonstrates our dedication to having a world class live streaming product for gaming.” 

“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world,” said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports. “It’s our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube’s powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment.”

This collaboration with Activision Blizzard represents Google’s ongoing commitment to supporting game developer success around the globe. Across its business units, Google offers comprehensive solutions for game developers, empowering them to create great games, connect with players, and scale their businesses.

The Call of Duty League begins on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend hosted by Minnesota ROKKR.

Learn more about the event here.

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Call of Duty League Gear available now in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

With the launch of the Call of Duty League, Activision has stepped up their game and are finally bringing gear centered around the teams in the Call of Duty League to the game as the new season starts.

Starting now in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, team gear for all 12 Call of Duty League teams are available for purchase in the Store in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Each team pack is $9.99.

Players can visit the Store this week to get official Call of Duty League gear for your Operators in game. The team packs include home and away skins for your Operators, weapon camos that can be equipped to any weapon, calling cards, and more. Celebrate your favorite team by heading to the Franchise Store tab in the Modern Warfare Store and scroll down to pick up the Call of Duty League team bundle of your choice.

Here’s a look at the Minnesota ROKKR, Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, and Chicago Huntsmen gear, available now in the store alongside gear for all 12 teams.

There’s no set end date for when these bundles will be removed, but if you want to represent your favorite team in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – now’s your chance!

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Call of Duty League announces sponsors for 2020 season

Activision Blizzard has announced the sponsors for the 2020 Call of Duty League season, which will be played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The sponsors announced include SCUF Gaming, ASTRO Gaming, PlayStation, and US Air Force.

PlayStation will also be the presenting partner of the Call of Duty Challengers, the amateur circuit of the Call of Duty League. It’s officially called the Call of Duty Challengers presented by PS4.

Here’s the list of sponsors, as announced by Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues:

“This coming weekend in Minneapolis we kick off the next chapter of Call of Duty esports, and we couldn’t be prouder to have these incredible brands as partners for the inaugural Call of Duty League season,” said Brandon Snow, Activision Blizzard Esports League Chief Revenue Officer. “Our partners not only support the players on their mission to win the first Call of Duty League Championship, they provide our fans around the world a better experience while attending Home Series matches or streaming at home.”

MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® returns to Call of Duty esports in a multi-year agreement which solidifies the brand as the official beverage of the Call of Duty League, the official beverage of the Call of Duty League City Circuit™ and the official beverage of the Call of Duty Challengers™. The sponsorship extends to the 2022 season of the Call of Duty League.

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Call of Duty League in celebration of players around the world and their love of the iconic game,” said Erin Chin, Senior Director, Marketing, MTN DEW. “As MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL enters another banner year, we’re thrilled to keep delivering unique partnerships and best-in-class experiences for the gamers and fans who inspired the product’s creation.”

PlayStation® returns to Call of Duty esports in 2020 with PlayStation®4 as the official platform of the Call of Duty League and the official partner of Call of Duty Challengers. At League Weekend events – including the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend – PlayStation® will be the presenting sponsor of Call of Duty Challengers competition. As part of the path to pro amateur competition structure, PlayStation® will present the Challengers Points Leaderboard on CallofDutyLeague.com as well sponsor key video content, including the post-match on-stage series “Instant Reaction.”

ASTRO Gaming extends its sponsorship of Call of Duty esports through the 2022 season as the Official Headset and MixAmp of the Call of Duty League. In addition to ASTRO Headsets and MixAmps on the mainstage of all events, the company will sponsor a new video content series for the Call of Duty League and will sponsor the Call of Duty League season MVP award. ASTRO Listen-In segments will be featured in every match played this season. Finally, ASTRO is producing a special edition Call of Duty League A40 TR Headset and A40 Speaker Tags for each pro team.

“We’re proud to extend our long-term partnership with Call of Duty esports in the new Call of Duty League. We’re committed to providing all competitors with immersive game audio and precise voice communication,” said Aron Drayer, Vice President of Marketing at ASTRO Gaming. “We’re also excited about creating a special edition headset for the league and all of the new city-based teams.”

Pre-Order your CDL A40 TR Headset and CDL A40 Team Speaker Tags here today @ https://www.astrogaming.com/en-us/customize/special-editions/call-of-duty-league.html

SCUF Gaming will continue its longstanding sponsorship in Call of Duty esports through the 2021 season as the official controller of the Call of Duty League. SCUF will activate throughout League Weekend events and continue its sponsorship of the documentary short series “Behind the Controller” and produce official, special edition Call of Duty League controllers for each of the twelve franchise teams.

SCUF Gaming “SCUF®” is a creator of high-performance gaming controllers and provides accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC that are used by top professional gamers as well as casual gamers. Built to specification, SCUF controllers offer a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay.

“Both esports and Call of Duty are deeply rooted in our core DNA so we are delighted that the day has finally come for Call of Duty League to launch. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited to be a foundational partner and to continue innovating the way gamers use a controller to help them perform at the highest level,” said Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Founder of SCUF Gaming. “Since inception, we’ve been dedicated to supporting the growth of esports; creating the features that have made SCUF an extension of the player to maximize their performance. After 17 years in the making, we’re excited that Call of Duty League Launch Weekend has finally come.”

New to Call of Duty esports is the U.S. Air Force. As part of a one-year agreement, the U.S. Air Force will activate on-site at League weekend events and be featured in League broadcasts. The U.S. Air Force and Call of Duty League will offer fans an opportunity to experience flight simulators in technology-enabled experiential activations for Call of Duty fans. The U.S. Air Force will also be sponsors of a “Match Metrics” broadcast feature, as on-air talent leads pregame examination of the teams that are about to square off.

The Call of Duty League season begins in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend – hosted by the Minnesota RØKKR franchise – on January 24, 2020.

The Call of Duty League follows a home-vs-away format with 5-vs-5 professional match play, with 12 teams in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, London, Los Angeles (2), Minnesota, New York, Paris, Seattle, and Toronto. Throughout the season, each team will host “Home Series” weekends in their market, with multiple pro teams competing at each event.

Call of Duty League also announced Outerstuff, an industry leader in branded apparel, is the developer of official player kits and fan apparel for the 2020 season. In addition, Call of Duty League has signed Mitchell & Ness for authentic, league-licensed headwear across all teams in the league.

Call of Duty League fans worldwide can now access all of their favorite team gear from Outerstuff and Mitchell & Ness, and other League Licensees, through the official Call of Duty League Store at Shop.CallofDutyLeague.com, a Fanatics experience, both domestically and internationally. This further broadens the long-term relationship between Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) and Fanatics, the global leader for licensed merchandise

The 2020 Call of Duty League begins on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend event hosted by Minnesota ROKKR. The league features 12 city based teams with teams traveling to home markets for home stead events throughout the year with the season finishing with the Call of Duty League Championship event.

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Modern Warfare’s new monetization model is reportedly paying off

A new report from SuperData has been released for the video game industry for the month of December 2019, and the analytical firm has revealed that Modern Warfare’s new monetization model is working.

The report reveals that the game had 4% increase in revenue generated in it first quarter compared to Black Ops 4.

And in December alone, the game generated $78M in revenue during its first month of monetization.

Even tho the revenue was a bit lower than Black Ops 4’s for December, it was impressive because of lack of season pass and supply drops.

A gamble on a new business model paid off for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Unlike past games in the franchise, Modern Warfare did not offer a season pass or paid map packs and monetized exclusively through battle pass sales and microtransactions. Despite this, Modern Warfare revenue in Q4 2019 was 4% higher than Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII during its launch quarter. In December 2019, the first month Modern Warfare players could purchase in-game content, spending reached $78.7M, nearly as much as was spent on Black Ops IIII in-game content during that game’s entire first quarter ($92.9M).  

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