In a new Q&A video, OpTic Gaming’s co-owner and former pro-player, NaDeSHoT, says one of his biggest regrets is leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on MLG.tv. Over a year ago, Matt Hagg announced in a video that he had signed a contract with MLG.tv to stream exclusively on their new platform. Call of Duty eSports was on the rise on Twitch, with viewer counts increasing, but the switch to MLG.tv seems to have stopped much of the progress.

“I just feel very responsible for the decline in viewership in competitive Call of Duty,” Haag said. “When I left Twitch, I was really at the forefront of competitive Call of Duty. The viewership was thriving, other e-sports and the players and the casters and the analysts were giving our game more respect than we had in previous times.”

“We had strength in numbers,” Haag said. “People were watching our streams. We had thousands of people showing up to our tournaments, and we were just in the best position that competitive Call of Duty has ever been [in],” Haag recalls.

Hagg says that a lot of the viewership he had on Twitch did not move over to watch him on MLG.

“And then, in one day, flip of the switch, I go and stream on another website—and basically it caused all the other pro players to go and sign on and stream on MLG TV. And it basically alienated competitive Call of Duty away from all the other e-Sports when we were trying to climb out of that hole in the first place.”

Watch his video (starting at 1:57 mark):

All Call of Duty eSports events since the start of Call of Duty: Ghosts have been streamed exclusively on MLG’s http://MLG.tv platform. At the start of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the first event have over 250,000 viewers, while this weekend’s last event had 99,000. This is not just because of the streaming platform; it is also about the game itself and fans wanting to watch Advanced Warfare. 

With Black Ops 3, Activision has taken charge and is running their own League for Call of Duty eSports. As of this writing, they haven’t officially announced their broadcast partner for the league, but it seems as if ESL is getting more involved over MLG, and ESL events are all streamed on Twitch. 

SOURCE: Kotaku

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  • just drank bleach

    FURST!

  • Stealthninja808

    Secund!

  • ScOott

    Thurd!

    • FazalGaming

      Turd*

      • Juses

        Noe, scoot wuz rite

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      Scoot out of the way cuz ur an fagit

      • ScOott

        Yew wot m8.. Howz bowt yew suk mi big tow..

        • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

          Cal me a fanboi agen or sit down u lil fagget

          • ScOott

            Yew .. R .. En … Fanboi ?

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Sit down u lil fagget let me tel u a gud storeh.

          • ScOott

            *sits down* eye um lisning..

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            ur an fagit

          • ScOott

            Kewl Stori brow tel et ergen :-p

  • I think it’s hurt not only his views but MLGs as well. Twitch was a much better broadcaster and I hope to see COD return there.

  • Edro

    Fourth

  • AntiVirus93tv

    Competetive needs to go back to twitch for good …

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      No thanks.

  • Antal120

    Meanwhile, in Black Ops 3 https://soundcloud.com/mxtive/sets/new-gamemodes-mxtive https://soundcloud.com/mxtive/sets/old-school-mxtive https://soundcloud.com/mxtive/sets/party-games-mxtive

    These game modes were found in the beta. LackingAGoodName has shared all those clips via r/blackops3/

  • MaZerN

    if call of duty want to earn its respect and viewership back it needs to go back to twitch

  • Guest

    This twat needs to climb out his own @ss, the decline is because the latest two call of duty games sucked and less people care about competitive, tool!

    • GinsuVictim

      Ghosts was/is awesome. Go fuck yourself.

      • Lol you’re crazy

        • QuickzZ-_-GhosT

          It wasn t THAT bad imo. Actually had fun playing it over 6 months.

          • Cod cycle going on hard.

          • I (personally) broke the COD cycle with Ghosts. It was fun for 2 days and since then I’ve absolutely hated it.

          • I literally played Ghosts like twice the first time i picked it up and stopped.

            AW is a little more fun after i got the ASD from spending 90$ on ASDs, but it is still just.. Ugh.

          • QuickzZ-_-GhosT

            Not really since I ve never hated Ghosts like I hate AW. Yes it had it s problems, but still find it somewhat enjoying.

          • KruptPanda

            honestly i can play ghost but i can’t play AW. I think ghost was better….so much better that i played it for more then 2 months xD

          • QuickzZ-_-GhosT

            Well I certainly played way more of Ghosts then I did with AW.

        • GinsuVictim

          I love the hate my love generates.

      • jordanxbrookes

        Ghosts was ok, but it wasn’t anywhere near “awesome”.

        • GinsuVictim

          Without DLC, pretty good.
          With DLC, awesome.
          It’s my second favorite in the series.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        It’s awful, really.

        • GinsuVictim

          I tend to disregard your comments anyway.

          • w

            I tend to disregard your comments the most on this site honestly. Not trying to be mean.

          • GinsuVictim

            Thanks anonymous douchebag!

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            I find it compelling to not read the truth to come out of my comments, either. Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. And logic. Kinda.

    • CoDforever

      competitive AW was pretty good,

  • melchor2679

    NadeShot needs to get back to competitive gaming with BO3 instead of youtube blogging about Red Velvet Oreo Shakes and Halloween Whoppers. 😛

    • Slothigans

      I wonder how much Burger King pays him.

    • Stefan Lang

      And that fucking bitch Jenna

    • Humza Qureshi

      Congratulations I just found the three most toxic comments on this site made by twelve year olds, I’m leaving now.

  • sdsadsad

    who the fuck cares?! im her for cod news not this shit

    • This is technically COD news

      • FazalGaming

        Well technically, COD related news.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        Nadeshot is literally a fraction of the CoD community, though. 18-20 million people purchase CoD each year. Why should we care what he does? I do respect the guy, though. He seems like a very kind, polite individual.

        • He’s still linked with MLG. His opinion on a broadcaster platform for COD does matter quite a bit. I believe that is why this story was published. Also because he did talk about how leaving Twitch did affect the viewing numbers of COD MLG.

    • Slothigans

      Apparently you do if you clicked this article lmao.

    • Keshav Bhat

      *here

      • GinsuVictim

        Oh, now you pick on bad spelling. 😉

      • Juses

        heure*
        Ef er gunna currut teh fagitz lern hao tew spel.

      • sdsadsad

        this aint no english class. stfu

        • Keshav Bhat

          chill bud. you said “who the fuck cares?!”, yet you clicked the article, scrolled all the way down, clicked on write a comment, typed in comment, and then checked back to reply.

          i think you care just a tad bit. 😉

          • just drank bleach

            Hey Keshav, surprised you haven’t done an article about the gmp appreciation that was today.

          • WhiskeyDick

            Lol there’s nothing to report other than gmp’s haven’t gotten their ASD’s

          • just drank bleach

            True

          • Keshav Bhat

            yeah…i just tweeted about it. they’re just giving 10 ASDs and not everyone has even got it yet.

          • ItzSikh

            screw gmp, destiny ttk all the way till bo3 releases 😉

          • Ak74u

            Will my supply drops still save for about a week? my Xbox live just ran out so I don’t have acces to multiplayer but I’ve been GMP since the spring

          • Aidan

            That’s because it was a huge let down

          • jordanxbrookes

            Keshav fighting back. I like it.

          • Keshav going in for the kill

          • Mr_ysi42t96

            HE WASN’T READDDDDDDYYYYYY

    • O.G.Bobby Johnson

      This is cod news

  • Mark

    so go back break the contract. 90% of streaming community is on twitch.

  • CoDforever

    SO IS HE GOING BACK TO TWITCH OR NA

    • Keshav Bhat

      from what a i know, and what he has said, i believe his MLG contract does not end till 2016 sometime

  • Stefan Lang

    TBH Twitch was good until they brought in the straight from console support. I remember scrolling through Aw streams it was literally full of eGirls that were so fucking bad at the game. Just showing themselves on webcams half dressed trying to make a name for themselves. They just used it because it was available to use.

  • LLORT

    I thought that kid ‘retired’? The reason for the decline in competitive viewing is purely down to CoD dying and eSports being a load of crap in the gaming mainstream.

    • Drasadex

      Lmao he’ll come out of retirement once BO3 is released.

  • eSports is not a sport

    Every time I see Nadeshot; he looks really ill and unhealthy. Too much 12 hour gaming sessions, mountain dew, doritos and having no life. All that for the sake of Call of bloody Duty LOL!

    • ItzSikh

      I’m pretty sure he has a life so…plus he has more more money than you so why comment.P.S. Not a Nade Fan but just saying what’s the point of saying negative things towards a person who earns a lot more than you.

      • lunator100hd .

        I dont care how much he earns, 12 years old funboys made him what he is (like tmar and alia) so earnings dosent count in his case.

      • eSports is not a sport

        What has money got to do with it? I care more about my physical and mental health and leading an active life with my job and hobbies on the side. Only ignorant fanboys think this is the way to live in this day and age – 12-18 hours a day indoors in front of a TV and living off of crips and soft drinks whilst psychotically raging at videogames to earn Youtube money. Kids these days eh…

        • ItzSikh

          so are you straight up calling me a fanboy when I said I wasn’t. smh. Nadeshot doesn’t always plays games all the time he still has his hobbies and other stuff to do.

        • YourMother

          Lmao I’ll take the mental instability along with a spot on Forbes 30 under 30 if that is what it takes. Kid has a life beyond this stuff, but he’s a great entertainer making one hell of a living. Just stop being so cynical you little twat waffle.

  • John

    If they streamed the Call of Duty tournaments on twitch, i’m sure they would have alot more viewers.

  • Who is this?

  • jordanxbrookes

    Tbh I reckon it’s a mix of Ghosts and AW being dull CoD games and MLG. Last game I enjoyed watching competitive was Black Ops 2.

  • ladh

    I knew MLG TV would flop. In my opinion their product is very inferior to Twitch by a long shot.

  • lllllllllllllllIlIIIIIIIIlllll

    Yeah Twitch has their problems but I prefer it over Mlgtv (my biggest issue is the lack of them banning the sluts who show more boobs than game if I wanted that I would go to pornhub)

  • Now that we have COD’s own official eSport games, maybe they will stream them on Twitch/Youtube.

  • ScOott

    Anyone know where I can get hardened edition from.. I forgot to change my pre order.. N all sold out at my local game now (U.K.)

    • J4MES

      Still a few knocking around on eBay. The sellers are largely legit and there’s a good chance you’ll get your copy early. My AW last year turned up 3 days prior to Day Zero and was able to realise the game was a bag of shite before it even launched!

      • ScOott

        Lol, thanks I was hoping to give Ebay a miss, as I thought they would have to wait till the 6th for them to recive it which means I wouldn’t recive it on the day of release .. (I don’t normally buy online) will check tho if that’s the case.. Thanks again ..

        • Jenish Katuwal

          Get the DD to play on midnight =p

        • J4MES

          No worries:-)

    • Amazon will get it to you on release day. For you I guess it would be amazon.co.uk

      • ScOott

        Thanks man, I checked but no one seems to be selling them on Amazon .. I think I might have somewhere anyway, going to try pre order after work… Funnily enough it’s the same place that won’t let me change my pre order cuz it’s too late, yet online you can still pre order the hardened edition .. Pfft ..

  • Underdog BO1 FTW!

    One thing i like about MLG.TV is there’s no lag. but the chat and shit sucks. And COD eSports sucks… it’s like run and gun on PUB. Look at CSGO eSports so different and intense. and COD Casters is so bad…

    • lunator100hd .

      Cod plays completely different than csgo. Imo you have to play like pussy in order to be succesfull in csgo spesialy on esports, cod was always the most fast paced ballsy game.

      • FazalGaming

        xD thats actually true

  • Ryumoau

    I’m hoping the new playstation/Activision partnership will make future CoD esports stream on twitch. Not only is the audience potential bigger but theres no native MLG app for ps4. 🙁

    • FazalGaming

      There is Twitch & Ustream however 😀

  • Ash_Killem

    MLGtv is absolute garbage I like watching competitive CoD from time to time but not on such a crappy platform.