Earlier today, it was revealed that the prize pool for the 2016 Call of Duty Championship will be $1.6 million. While this is pool is higher compared to the last three Championship events, this is not close to the recent Halo World Championship or other major eSports titles.

The 2016 Halo World Championship saw a total prize pool of $2.5 million, where the first place team took home $1 million. That’s the biggest first place prize in console eSports history. The first place prize at the Halo WC was equivalent to the entire prize pool of the last three Call of Duty Championship events.

Out of Halo World Championship’s $2.5 million prize pool, only $1 million of that was funded by Microsoft. The rest $1.5 million was crowd funded through the in game REQ packs in Halo 5: Guardians [source]. In Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries has a REQ pack system (which is very similar to Supply Drops), and a percent of the proceeds from the REQ packs have been going to crowd fund the Halo World Champs. It’s incredible to think that Halo 5 players raised over $1.5 million for the prize pool from October 2015 to February 2016, and Halo 5 is available only on one platform.

For DOTA 2, there was a prize pool of $18 million for their The International 2015 event. For that event over, $16 million of the prize pool was crowd funded [source]. While DOTA 2 is on PC, and PC scene is definitely different than the console scene, it just shows the effect that involving fans directly in the action can have.

Last year, in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer Games/Activision launched a “Call of Duty Championship” Personalization Pack for players to buy, and none of the profits from that went to Champs prize pool. That pack seemed like one of the best opportunities ever to start crowd funding in Call of Duty eSports. Sledgehammer Games also added in team gear sets for Denial eSports and OpTic Gaming, but those were added into the regular supply drop rotation, and it could not have been possible to find out how much money was spent specifically on those items to increase prize pool; however, this was a big step for Call of Duty eSports as we finally saw gear sets coming in-game.

With the World League, it should be easier for Activision to get permission from teams in the league to showcase their gear directly in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Getting permissions from teams was probably a barrier for Activision before, but in Advanced Warfare, they were able to do it. All of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division teams could have their own camos, gear sets, calling cards, and more possibly added into a special “eSports Supply Drop” where a percent of the proceeds from this Supply Drop contributes to the Champs prize pool. This Supply Drop should also become available across platforms (that support the Black Market) and content all of the regular supply drop content plus the eSports gear. 
(Side note: We have seen many fans express their opinions stating that they think having eSports gear available as separate purchase would be better but that would probably become a legal issue where teams would have to negotiate a profit from those as Activision would be directly selling their branding to players. Having a chance in Supply Drops makes it that you are not directly buying a team’s content, much like how it was done in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.) 

Since Call of Duty is a multi-platform game, there are eSports fans across platforms. Halo 5’s crowd funding was only on Xbox One (as the game is a console exclusive), but still over $1.5 million was raised. There’s no saying how much Call of Duty fans could raise in this game.

The future of Call of Duty eSports truly lies in Activision’s hands this year with the World League. With crowd funding, maybe we could see Champs at an incredible prize pool. For now, we are at $1.6 million (with a total of more than $3 million across all three regions [NA/EU/ANZ] and across the Pro Division, Challenge Division, and Champs).

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  • ScOott

    Furst

    • YoungMurf

      ScOoty boyy.. what do you think of The Division?

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        meh btw I’m ScOott

        • YoungMurf

          Brady let ScOot be ScOot and secondly The Division is not meh.. well atleast I don’t think so.

          • ScOott

            Yh I love it man, I’m level 18 and not stepped into the darkzone yet.. Glad I spoke to u about it that day,.I owe u lol! Anyone who compares it to destiny is crazy!

          • YoungMurf

            Yes brah I thought you would like it.. hit me up on PS when you want to hit the DZ. CaaolaaaanxD gay ass name but had it ages now lol.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            ScoOtt is ScoOtt but he stole my french friends. The Division is very meh.

        • Why such disrespect towards ScOott? What did he do to you?

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            He stole my llama

          • Well then, you have anything to say about this ScOott?

          • ScOott

            Lol ive only just seen this.. Sorry I’m guilty 🙁

    • FazalGaming

      is it normal if my man period comes out my butt?

      • ScOott

        Lmao! Yes If ur from the UK it comes out ur butt

  • Guest

    I’d rather the money goes to devs or activison these people do not need money to sit and press buttons but that’s my opinion

    • MurkN101

      Activision makes enough money robbing people with supply drops. The devs deserve some money for putting up with Activision’s bullshit.

    • J4MES

      The money should be reinvested in the franchise to improve quality rather than giving it to players who have enough money through the overpaid aspect of eSports and get the game for free anyway!

      • Nukethe Whales

        you don’t know any thing lots of pros have to work like normal people its only the top 5 or 6 teams that make enough where they dont have to work not every team is optic or faze

  • Tommy Ledge

    This is crowd funded, just not publically, where do you think the 600k came from? Plus, Cod is not now or will ever be a game designed to be competitive. Cod is firmly placed itself in the casual mass-marketed shooter genre, much like BF and TF, so I am 100% sure ATVI is not going to force switch it’s classification especially since the current title is nowhere near a legitimately designed competitive game.

    • CoDforever

      They are not trying to force everyone into competitive u idiot. They are just trying to build a competitive community alongside its casual one.

      • Tommy Ledge

        You can’t have a successful competitive game unless you design it to be competitive from the ground up. Every single top competitive game is done this way, LoL, Dota, CS, Quake, UT, Halo, etc. They are all designed with high skillgaps and perfect balancing throughout the game. Cod on the other hand is built to be a casual game from top to bottom and therefore at best it will only ever be a casual game that is played competitively by some. This article is about comparing Cod to these other titles by seeing them in equal light.. Which is just not the case. SO, like I said, Activision would have to force switch it’s target audience by designing Cod to be a competitive game before they will ever have a large enough market audience to compete in prize winnings for competitive play. And that is just never going to happen.

        • CoDforever

          All of the things that make COD casual are banned in competitive, C4, UAV etc so there is a skill ceiling in competitive cod, albeit not as big as CSGO.

          • Tommy Ledge

            Banning noob-tools does not add to the skill-gap. Skillgap is built into the game by the developers. Skillgap describes the level of difficultly every aspect of the game is to learn or master. The closest Cod ever came to any basic skill-gap was with the movement system in AW, which itself was about as complex as dribbling a basketball. Cod would need to change it’s design features and make at least ‘something’ difficult to learn or use, which is just never going to happen since the game sells 99% of it’s copies to players that like the game solely based off of it’s simplicity. So any change in this direction would lead to a mass exodus of it’s normal player-base, and a huge loss of profit. I mean, just look at all these ‘bring back boots on the ground’ guys who don’t even like having to shoot at someone the is above ground level.. Do you think for a second they would even play a game that took weeks to learn or better yet months?? Heck no. So like i said, Cod will never be a competitive game that competes with those other titles for respect or prize-pool size.

          • CoDforever

            dude other than the noob friendly equipment and perks, COD is hardly any different than other shooters in terms of skill gap .. other than MAYBE recoul.

            you just seem like an AW fanboy because AW was hot garbage, most randomn game getting shot from behind every death, terrible maps and no map flow is what killed it, not the non-existant skill gap

          • Tommy Ledge

            Here’s what Cod would look like if it were designed to be a comp game.. 1. Weapons would all work completely differently than each other requiring each one to have a separate learning curve- and mastery of every weapon would be required by all competing players. 2. Maps would be completely balanced with no one team have a ‘side’ advantage on the other (not present in any Cod yet). 3. Mini-maps would go away. Awareness combined with perfect (team) communication is an absolute must of any comp shooter. 4. No critical head-glitch spots. These are put in the game to help players that can’t move and aim at the same time (ie: noobs), and in the hands of pro’s the game can come down to who can get to a box first. Laughable. 5. Movement would be balanced between being defensive and aggressive. BO3 is completely one-sided, there is no advantageous defensive movement capabilities in BO3. 6. Dedicated Servers would be available for comp private matches (Cod is the only game that doesn’t have these, and the fact that they have a ‘Pro’ series playing with a P2P host is laughable). 7. Specialists that can be used at random moments is ludicrous from a comp stand-point. Strategy in a comp game has to be developed to be offensive and defensive. BO3 there is no counter-strategy for a ‘random’ activation of a specialist. There would at least have to have a short warning. 8. Of course no noob or A.I. items. Comp games are all about requiring the highest level of awareness, game knowledge and ability, no item that takes away from ANY of these points should ever be in a comp game. 9. No accidental head-shots or missed accuracy due to flinch. There is nothing ‘accidental’ allowed in comp gaming ever. 10. Last but not least.. there has to be SOMETHING that adds a level of difficultly to the game. Other games use things like strategic buying of items, or timed weapon/ammo pickups, but Cod needs to add something to the game that makes each match have a ‘game within a game’ that requires both strategy and counter-strategy. This is what Cod would need to change/add to be a true competitive game.. and this is stuff that would be hated by 90% of the players that buy the game.

          • CoDforever

            so basically you just want a cookie cutter basic FPS game .. you realize that its “CALL OF DUTY” esports, right? i only play competitive cod because I like what call of duty is.

            “2. Maps would be completely balanced with no one team have a ‘side’ advantage on the other (not present in any Cod yet).”

            Yeah im sure we dont switch rounds or anything .. smh
            any map that isnt 100% symmetrical will ALWAYS have one side better than the other.

            “and in the hands of pro’s the game can come down to who can get to a box first. Laughable.”

            Have you ever even watched competitive?

            “6. Dedicated Servers would be available for comp private matches (Cod is the only game that doesn’t have these, and the fact that they have a ‘Pro’ series playing with a P2P host is laughable). 7. Specialists that can be used at random moments is ludicrous from a comp stand-point. Strategy in a comp game has to be developed to be offensive and defensive. BO3 there is no counter-strategy for a ‘random’ activation of a specialist. There would at least have to have a short warning”

            I agree. Everyone in the comp community hates specialists and p2p. Bo2 was the pinnacle of cod esports, except for p2p.

            “. Other games use things like strategic buying of items, or timed weapon/ammo pickups, but Cod needs to add something to the game that makes each match have a ‘game within a game”

            You mean like getting scorestreaks and knowing how/when to use them?

  • TfarTn

    ScOotts mom likes it in the pooper.

    • YoungMurf

      Your mum loves it in her shitter, vag and mouth. Then a spray of love juice all over her face and back.

  • It would be nice to see CI write more “opinion” pieces in the future.

    In regards to the multi-platform advantage with COD for crowdfunding – I’m a PC player and do occasionally watch the CWL events (mainly while eating lunch at work) but other than that I have no desire to directly support or indirectly (Supply Drops) COD esports.

    Why? Because like other areas where COD has evolved into – platform exclusivity deals. Last year it was XBOX, this year it’s PS4 – what is it next year? Why should only one platform be in the “real” competition while the rest are pretty much just told “you can’t compete”. Until all platforms are treated equal then things will just be weird like they are now – and competitive COD won’t be taken very seriously. This coming from someone who was very interested in competitive COD back before consoles became the scene.

  • Ghost

    Activision is ruining the Call of Duty franchise!

    • FazalGaming

      But don’t forget, Activision is also the company that made CoD the legend that it was.

      • Bengal Tigger

        no they didn’t

        • Yes they were.

          • MazeMatik

            We can’t really have the answer to that question actually since we really don’t know what is Activision implication in their games development such as the CoD franchise.

            Each studio has its own style and vision and each year they try to innovate and improve the overall game experience but is Activision calling the big shots? If so, to what extent?

            Perhaps they give them complete freedom with what they want to develop but with core rules and basics such as the game has to be an FPS but even there, apparently Sledgehammer Games did want to make a 3rd Person View with Call of Duty prior to Advanced Warfare. If true, I hope it didn’t make it simply because Activision told them that 3rd Person was a no no for CoD.

          • Thank you.

      • Mini

        Ya, Activision did buy back then but other companies could have bought if Activision didn’t

        • Activision was part of Call of Duty back in Modern Warfare 1 times when CoD was at it’s highest.

          • Mini

            wtf are you talking about… it was the 20ish members who created medal of honor left and formed IW. Activision was impressed with their work and signed them the contract for making Call of Duty.

            Do you work for Activision or something? lmfao defending Activision as if it was his home

          • Well since I have all the COD games I just took a look at them before righting my previous comment and has Activision on all of them.

          • Mini

            *facepalm Activision is the publisher.
            Yeah… do some research.
            smh

          • No shit

          • No shit man

          • Viral Echo

            lol. What are these people talking about…

    • zack

      Let me fix that for you
      *Activision ruined the Call of Duty franchise!

  • MurkN101

    I miss the old days when Charlie Intel was just Call of Duty news. Now it’s Call of Duty news mixed with eSports deep throating.

    • MazeMatik

      I agree, eSports is taking a lot of place and it’s slowly killing the rest of the game in my opinion.

      I hope at least eSports fans are pleased with it because Activision/Treyarch seem to have remove everything related to clans this year in order to focus on the Arena mode.

      I understand the huge market around eSporst and how it can generate profits and Activision wants to cease this opportunity but what about players who want to compete against other clans with their friends?

      We can’t even create or join a clan anymore and there is no app this year which is simply unacceptable in 2016 with an app for almost every game even the ones that are not even popular enough to justify it. Yet Call of Duty one of the biggest game franchise has no app this year. They took down Call of Duty Elite, then the Call of Duty App (for Ghosts and which seems to be their new Elite, in a lighter form).

      So no, I really don’t think we should start funding Activision with anything, especially eSports. I’m already funding their games and all of their features when I pay almost 100$ for each of them…

      • CoDforever

        clan wars was not profitable and was ruining the game and are you serious? Arena is just 1/20 playlists in the game

        • JuttyCheeks

          I know man I can’t I just can’t do it with these kids

        • MazeMatik

          You said it, not profitable BUT every enjoyable by a lot so because you’re not in the said fanbase doesn’t mean other players can’t enjoy it.

          • CoDforever

            It was not enjoyed by a lot. It ruined the public match experience by putting solo players into a 6 man sweaty tryhard clan. It wasnt very profitable for them either and they hardly a made a return investment so they stopped supporting it.

            Are you like 12? Common sense will tell you that a company will stop doing anything that isnt bringing them profits.

          • MazeMatik

            And common sens will tell you that enjoyability helps a lot in term of profits. Not because you didn’t enjoy Clan Wars that means that a lot of players like me didn’t enjoy it as much as you or anyone else can dislike it. While you might be among a majority of players hating on Clan Wars and clan competition, a considerable % miss that type of content and find it less incentive to play online and really hope for a similar formula next year in the next CoD title.

            And no I’m not 12 but you sure do comment like you are. That being said, move on if you don’t like what you’re reading. I know you love CoD and trust me I love it as much so no need to feel attacked in any way.

          • CoDforever

            Well I liked spec ops from MW2, why was it removed? Im sure it was because of the competitive community.

          • Nukethe Whales

            exactly it ruined pubs in ghost

      • JuttyCheeks

        I really want to take the time to respond to this but on second thought this was such a moronic post that I cannot lose enough brain cells in order to have a debate with you in which we qualify each other’s opinions

        • MazeMatik

          You don’t have to reply you know. You seem either on the defensive or pretty aggressive. It’s just a website about a game allowing us to comment on daily articles you know…

          Go game a little it might help you calm down. ; )

          • JuttyCheeks

            I just think people like you are funny

          • MazeMatik

            Greater reply than your first one! Keep it up man! Kinda entertaining exchanging with you but very useless for my part since I can’t retrograde to your level and clearly you don’t want to or can’t socialize and share your thoughts respectfully and in a civilized way.

            Enjoy the rest of your day!

          • JuttyCheeks

            Okay man here is my thoughtful and civilized approach to your comment.
            1) “eSports is taking a lot of place and it’s slowly killing the rest of the game in my opinion.” The eSports community represents merely a fraction of the millions of people who play Call of Duty, and the communities hardly overlap at all. Call of Duty is fundamentally the most casual FPS and least competitive of all the eSports so the rules need to be changed to help it. Obviously the Specialists appeal to casuals, dumb perks like Tracker and Sixth Sense help casuals, equipment like C4 and Trip Mines, etc. etc. The reason why CoD grew so much in popularity was because it was extremely casual as it’s core and always will be. The game has taken no turn whatsoever toward creating a more competitive environment.
            2) “in order to focus on the arena mode.” What? Arena made is significantly worse than League Play was in Black Ops 2, and the devs have devoted little to no time in this department. Not to mention, this is merely one playlist out of god know’s how many. Anyone who has played the game can see that there is no focus whatsoever on the Arena game mode.
            3) “but what about players who want to compete with their other players with their friends.” Call me crazy, but uhhhh that is kind of what Arena is for, no? You want to play against other people, potentially a team, in a casual yet somewhat competitive environment? Voila. Also, I will take this time to kindly direct you to majorleaguegaming.com and umggaming.com. There you can play with your friends against other teams to compete in ladders, tournaments, and get involved in an ELO ranking system. Obviously, you do not have to take it seriously and it is just a place to have fun. But if you are good enough (which you aren’t), you can play wagers for money or compete in paid tournaments with prize pools. So you contradict yourself in that statement and I am pointing out that there are other (MUCH better) platforms available
            4) This is out of genuine curiosity. What top games actually have apps? Counterstrike doesn’t. LoL and Dota don’t have official apps. Neither does Starcraft. Microsoft has put out various apps that accompany Halo but none do any of the things you want in an app. So I’m curious as to what “almost every game” means exactly. Plus Activision has their data and they see the traffic on the app. Apparently no one liked it and you are in the extreme minority. I’m sorry they cannot please every single player.
            5) Everyone really seems to be missing the boat on this whole crowd-funding thing. Those who support crowd-funding say that some of the money generated from Supply Drops should go toward the prize pool. What is funny is that people who are against Supply Drops say that Activision is being greedy money-whores. Which is true. Yet the same people are against crowd-funding. So the people who don’t want the money to go to “greedy” Activision now want Activision to keep the money so that it isn’t given to a cause which will grow the community? What? We are not asking for additional purchases, we want a portion of the money that is currently being spent to go toward the prize pool as oppose to 100% going to Activision
            6) Where the hell did you get $100 from? The game costs 60 and no one asked you to spend money on Supply Drops or buy the Season Pass. If you are going to buy those things, you are a strong fan of the game and stop your bitching.
            I hope this was respectful and civilized enough to grace your eyes Oh High One, please give me a sarcastic response in the morning about how much I typed to anally probe you in this argument. P.S if you’re such hot shit I will link you my singles team and I will send a $100 challenge. Goodnight chief

          • MazeMatik

            OMG ahaha well I’m glad you got it out of your chest buddie! Don’t keep it inside, steam it out!

            Feel better now? Anyway, this article was good and very entertaining reading you bashing people and such. So many constructive and helpful comments in here but unfortunately like everything else in life, the ugly always finds his ways.

            And as much as I would like to continue this non-sens replying with you, it would be a precious waste of time.

      • Nukethe Whales

        you have clan tags you and your little butt buddys can all put on the same clan tag problem solved

    • jordanxbrookes

      I’ve noticed in the past year they’ve been posting less and less leaks, something that made me love this site. Activision don’t like it so they’ve seemed to have cut it completely down to, as you say, Call of Duty news mixed with eSports deep throating.

      • Keshav Bhat

        Actually, as we grew bigger, there’s more eyes on us than ever before. You cannot just go around posting all the leaks on the Internet. We have to be very careful with what leaks we post cause if we post a leak and it turns out to be fake, that’s a huge problem cause we basically ‘lied’ to people on that.

        Plus, which leaks over the past years have we missed? Like which leaks were legit and we missed? I’m geniunly asking.

        • FazalGaming

          When you post leaks just mention in the article that it may or may not be legit and is just a leak. I would rather have that than nothing.

        • jordanxbrookes

          Not all leaks, but some leaks you refuse to show images, video footage or even just don’t bother talking about it unless it’s official. Ain’t going to go back through past articles to show you, but I have been watching closely.

          • Keshav Bhat

            Oh you mean images from in game before launch? Uh yeah, we are never gonna post those. Its not just that atvi doesn’t want to us to, but they can legally take it down with a DMCA and we don’t want that.

          • jordanxbrookes

            Then how come you and Vic had no problem posting leaked images, videos etc. a few years ago? Seems to me you just don’t want to upset Activision so the site can reap benefits from them. I mean it would be great being rewarded to go to events, record early footage etc. but this site isn’t what it used to be.

          • Keshav Bhat

            It was a different atmosphere before. When we started, we barely even had contacts or anyone from Activision contacting us. Things changed a lot over time. Back then, we did not even have DMCA issues. For Black Ops 3, posting an image of the game’s disc before launch got our Tweet on it copyrighted. Something so simple can cause so many issues. It’s not Activision only, either. EA’s tried to take things down when we use have Titanfall leaks up.

            You have to realize that if you are one of the YTers or persons that gets to go to events, talk to developers, and more, your entire perspective on the scene changes. You start to have a different respect for developers and what they do. Yes, we would leak images before, but things have changed. This site has evolved as we started understanding more and more about how the entire scene works. We have to evolve and become better. More focused-so to say. There are leaks that have zero point in being posted, regardless of how fake they are.

            The issue with posting in-game images and videos now is how easily publishers can come after you with lawyers. You have to see it firsthand to understand why we change. If you’ve never been in our position, it’s just not possible to explain to others. They just will not understand it.

          • jordanxbrookes

            I understand the legality of the situation, especially since someone I knew had AW 2 weeks early before initial release and he got caught up in drama by Activision’s lawyers after he made some tweets about the game, I’m just stating this site isn’t what it used to be and how it makes me sad. This used to be the hub for all CoD leaks and me still being a Call of Duty fan always checked this site out to see if any other leaks came in. I mean I still come to the site, but mainly just for the comment section these days to see everyone’s opinions.

            I understand that Activision wants to keep everything under wraps so their marketing team can handle the PR stuff like trailers, announcements etc. but the excitement on my face when you or Vic posted an article of an actual pre-alpha screenshot of Black Ops 2 multiplayer in action, which at the time we didn’t know it was legit, was unreal.

            Just a shame leaks aren’t covered here anymore considering this started out as a site where leaks were the niche. On a final note, I hope we get some leaked info of the next CoD game soon, preferably by Drift0r. I’m pretty much getting bored of BO3 now that I’m Prestige Master and need some news on the upcoming FPS games dammit haha.

          • Keshav Bhat

            You know, I agree with you. I miss those days. But now it’s so hard to get away with posting such leaks than before. Then, we could post and backlash would be iffy. Now, we’ve got public lights on us much higher. It’s a lot harder :-/

      • CoDforever

        there have been no leaks and all of the randomn websites saying its ghosts is absolutely NOT credible

    • Keshav Bhat

      We post Call of Duty news. eSports news is Call of Duty news. We’ve covered all the CoD news out there. You pick and chose which content you want to read. We post all the news: DLC, patch updates, game news, trailers, etc, alongside eSports news.

      • JuttyCheeks

        I don’t even know why you reply man it’s not worth it

    • JuttyCheeks

      Hate to break it to you bud, but this is Call of Duty news, and this post specifically is just the blogger’s opinion of a situation. The fact of the matter is anyone who really gives a shit about the micro-transactions and SD weapon exclusivity sucks at the game and shits on e-sports because they are shitty pubs players. What is there really to post about at this point in time? Double XP weekends? More Supply Drop shit? Who gives a fuck about that and if you do, you’re trash. These guys maintain the website and post because they like the game and they enjoy what they do. And anyone who is a fan would like to see higher prize pools, and hate watching our favorite game go down in flames as the shittiest e-sport out there. Don’t care about it? Don’t buy shit to support it. Simple as that. So sorry this guy’s opinion was “deepthroating” lol when it was primarily factual and something relatively refreshing to this site. But hopefully we get more bullshit leaks about the next game which comes out in seven months or new Supply Drop pubstar weapons! Wow!

    • Duke of hazard

      So your mad that a Cod news site is posting articles related to Cod? Talk about Childish af.

      • Nukethe Whales

        lmao thats what im think its still cod related new just cause you dont like they should not post it gtfo kid

  • FATHEAD661

    Crowd fund a game huh? So they can pretty much lock the whole game behind a pay wall in SD form so “Pro” players can compete for YOUR money? Things are getting bad enough as it is with how AW and now BO3 are doing micro transactions. I CANNOT imagine how bad it will be if they did decide to do crowd funded E-Sports. They’ll give us one variant of each type of weapon and the rest will be locked away in SD’s. Sickening that they would even consider this.

    • detriment

      The whole game is locked behind a pay wall; $60 USD lol

    • Nukethe Whales

      your so dumb halo has been crowd funding its prize pool for years you dumb shit it sure ruined halo lmao gtfo kid

  • Drank Bleach

    Fuck esports, btw esports is not a real sport.

    • FazalGaming

      Shh. Don’t say that. All the E Sport fans will roast you.

  • Justus Maximus

    Keshav. What. The. FUCK?
    You out of your mind? We sponsor activision enough with a 110€ game! And we already get screwed, dry and hard in the turd eye with the microtransactions. I hope you die lonely, just like all the activision crew.

    • CoDforever

      Nobody is asking you to pay more you moron. Were just asking that some of the supply drop sales be put into the cod championship prize pool because a larger prize pool = More interest in the franchise. We want the COD to be as successful as possible while you guys keep talking about how this franchise should die. Who are the real cod fans?

      • MazeMatik

        “larger prizo pool = More interest in the franchise”

        Sure it can add a lot to the franchise, but is CoD going to be narrowed eSports from now while a lot of other areas and aspects of the game could be highly improved. Interest in the franchise can be created in many ways, not just eSports. Yeah the formula is good right now as it pays and generates a lot of profits, views, etc but maybe one of the reason CoD is changing so much, for the better for some and for the worse for some others, as eSports competition is taking over, therefore changing the game.

        I would rather fund something like the return of Call of Duty Elite under a different or not, it doesn’t matter or a “Battlelog” service like they have for Battlefield. I would rather fund anything else in this game than eSports like servers or research and development to help studios in developing their games.

        • CoDforever

          You just wrote a bunch of gibberish that makes no sense. How you think COD is being narrowed down to mainly focus on esports in competitive.

          • Nukethe Whales

            there is no reasoning with maze he is half retarded he wont understand

  • ccrows

    @Keshav

    Serious question for you:

    What do you think would happen to COD & COD sales if eSports died, and it just went back to GB tourneys?

    ^ With that said I get that you love watching eSports, but at the same time COD sales IIRC correctly peaked with MW3. (y’know before all of these eSports tourneys really became a thing in BO2)

    I also get that COD has fanboys of Optic, FaZe, ETC, but at the same time I keep hearing people elsewhere complaining that COD becoming “more sweaty & less fun” since the whole eSports stuff became a thing too…

  • J4MES

    Call of Duty – professional and skill demanding videogame = players still use aim assist on no recoil guns *facepalm.

    This website has really gone downhill just like COD in general. Keshav allows posts that contain swearing, trolling, bullying and racism yet if his beloved eSports get bashed; he comes out defending it and deleting comments even if they are just a fair opinion. Seems that only 1% of people care about eSports on here yet just like the franchise; this site is angling so heavy towards it; it’ll just drive people away. eSports is just a commercial sellout and this site is firmly going that way.

    • Nukethe Whales

      first off you really need aim assist with a controller its not a mouse and keyboard its a lot harder to aim i play on both console and pc and 2 you dont know if all the pros play with it on lots of pros play with aim assist off

      • J4MES

        I had a 2.78 k/d on BO2 on the PC without aim assist on a 360 wired pad. That’s playing against people on M+KB. Either the ‘pros’ should play on PC or have aim assist off because it requires so skill whatsoever when the aiming is done for you. Not even CSGO on Xbox had aim assist and nor should ‘pro COD’. 99% of ‘pros’ even play with heavily modded SCUF or 3rd party controllers which make it even easier than standard ones which further diminishes the credibility of ‘professional’ gaming.

        • Nukethe Whales

          Lmao so they should turn of aim assist because of your opinion gtfo kid

          • J4MES

            It demonstrates skill and not allowing a handicap to assist players in something that represents skill in virtually all competitive games. CSGO and other shooters don’t do it but as usual; dumbed-down Call of Duty has to make weak gamers like yourself feel special about themselves because they are too scared or no good at titles that require proper precision, timing and all round play.

          • Nukethe Whales

            You sound dumb. Maybe its because most competitive gaming is done on PC. So they don’t need it. Competitive halo uses aim assist too you retard. Your logic is flawed because if it is so easy then there would be alot more pro teams. Where is your prize money if it’s so easy. You’re a scrub kid ok. I don’t know what happened maybe you tried GB’s and got pooped. Or got pub stomped by pro players fucking around in pubs. You were probably trying hard too,and they didn’t even notice you. Lol bye kid

          • J4MES

            My K/D on BO3 is 5.66 thanks which is why I think it’s laughable that COD is a competitive title when I barely play. CSGO is a real challenge but games like COD and Halo are just to make weak and young gamers think they are good like yourself. Too bad eSports fanboys like you still believe that the likes of Call of Duty are proper ‘professional’ games when they are made for simpletons and are heavily handicapped. Ask your parents to buy you a PC for Christmas and you’ll see what everyone means when they say that it is not competitive or challenging whatsoever.

        • Nukethe Whales

          Lol scuf controllers don’t help you aim

  • Dave78

    You don’t need crowdfunding when you have billions in the bank. As said below, I am sick of my hard earned cash being spent on eSports rather than being used to invest in future Call of Duty titles and now they want even more through Supply Drops to fund something that 99.9% of people aren’t interested in whatsoever. I got some respect in regards to DOTA 2 as that is a F2P title that the community embrace but Call of Duty is built on the foundation of pure greed.

    • CoDforever

      You realize that a lot of people buy cod to play competitive too, right?

      • JuttyCheeks

        No way man we are all losers and CoD takes no skill and and the competitive scene is killing the franchise and lastly (most importantly) Supply Drops 4 Lyfe <3

  • lunator100hd .

    Oh my Gooooood! This article is a massive facepalm.

    Dear columnist, reading your article i got a strong feeling to express for another time my concerns about call of duty as entertaining product for the public (both casuals and hardcore players) because call of duty is the most popular first person shooter out there with millions of ppl spending their money on that product. The amount of that ppl or playerbase if you like is what makes cod so big and successful. Recently, you have noticed the big negative impact that supply drops policy has on this game because it is disliked by a big percentage of the community (like sbmm etc.). So no matter if you agree with that or not it dissatisfiys the costomers so it hurts cod and at the end of the day, this is what i care for because me, you and and the audience of CI are a bunch of dudes who play the game just for fun and thats all. Of cource i know you are aware of all these but i wanted to point them out and ask you this: Why you wrote an entire article about the ”prize pool” of cod championship and how it can be bigger (specially with supply drops) when it has nothing to do with us. I mean , you do realize that you concern about the money that nadeshot and his friends(or whoever wins) are gonna gain right? And on top of that you suggest supply drops as a mean to achieve a bigger price for them. So i quess the supply drop thing it is not that much of a problem for you, for some reason but the fact that halo or Dota has bigger price pool than cod is. Considering all the facts written above how you justify that article?

    • Keshav Bhat

      Hi — If you read my side note, it explains why I say Supply Drops will work for eSports stuff. No where above do I justify that what’s happening right now in terms of Supply Drops is good or bad.

      I want to write a piece on supply drops, and if I do write that piece, I’m guessing many folks will agree with what I’ll say. But I’m not sure yet.

      • As I said: CI should do more like this – so write that piece. We need more open genuine discussion on topics like this from major sources – not just YT “stars”.

      • MazeMatik

        I strongly believe Activision doesn’t need Supply Drops profits to increase prize pools. They can easily do that with the profits they make out of sales, excluding everything else.

        Supply Drops revenues should be invested in current and future CoD titles and features we used to have, loved, still love, miss and would really like them to come back in the next title. I’m talking here about Clan content, being able to join or create a clan, level up as a team, compete against other teams and win rewards such as character sets, color clan tag and more. Another missing feature, App to connect to player profile, friends, community, tips and more. Not even a website like EA has for Battlefield (Battlelog I think) and like CoD used to have for its players (CoD Elite).

        While eSports is very popular, it just shouldn’t interfere with the game’s core like I feel is what is happening right now. So if they need/want money to invest on this eSports phenomena, all they have to do is use their sales and Supply Drops revenues which I think are more than enough to drastically increase their prize pools.

        • Nukethe Whales

          activision is to greedy to dip into there profits thats why the supply drops is a good idea

    • JuttyCheeks

      Is this English? I don’t know. But I think I was able to get through it without my brain melting out of my ears. Even setting aside the abysmal grammar and spelling, I can still say this is ridiculous. 1) CoD is not the most popular FPS 2) Nade doesnt even compete anymore and hasn’t for a year 3) having a bigger prize pool not only benefits the pros but also brings that entertainment factor which grows the community and is something we can be proud of (and therefore subsequently grows the franchise and Activision’s wallet) 4) I know that the majority of the community is a bunch of casuals who know nothing about the game but the fact that people make such a fuss over the dumb Supply Drops is ridiculous. Your incorrect facts, poorly constructed arguments, and English that may as well be hieroglyphics is just the sort of thing I expect to see upvoted on this site. P.S I am feelin it today

      • lunator100hd .

        1) Cod is the most popular FPS by far, if you know a bigger fps franchise/title with begger financial profits then name it.
        2)Nadeshot was just an example , i dont follow the esports news as you can see but still thats besides the point.
        3) Having biggest prize pool only benefits pros’ pockets, i dont see how that grows the community or has a positive impact to us, also the fact that something like that can make you proud shows what kind of background you have (no offence).
        4) Cod was way better when supply drops didnt exist, thanks to that shit a part of the game will never be available for us to have fun with. Its only natural to complain.

        I know my english is not perfect but im trying to improve if you could show my abysmal grammar mistakes it would be really helpfull.

        • JuttyCheeks

          Counterstrike Global Offensive is bigger and is growing exponentially. Having bigger prize pools draws more people, makes it fun to watch, puts more money in Activision’s pocket. And I play a lot of Call of Duty and love the game. Just as you enjoy playing it. If that “shows what kind of background” I have, you’re an idiot and I would love to get personal with this if you want to take that path. And literally nothing has changed since Supply Drops. Absolutely nothing. The DLC weapons are usually not even that good and it hardly affects the game. The biggest thing people bitch about are the dumb melee weapons. You can’t sell them for hundreds of dollars like CS. They don’t change the game in any way. It is an ANIMATION. Literally does nothing. Who gives a shit about pubs anyway. And if it is your second language I apologize

      • Nukethe Whales

        thank you you saved me a lot of time now i don’t have to roast this fucktard

    • Nukethe Whales

      Do you even English bro…………………………. don’t like the article don’t read it lol

      • lunator100hd .

        Whats wrong with my English, be more specific pls?

        • CoDforever

          why didnt you reply to Jutty’s comment

          • lunator100hd .

            The guy dosent know what is he talking about but if he does, he is most likelly an undercover csgo funboy who wants to see cod dead, either way his opinions dosent make sense at all so i dont bother anymore.

          • CoDforever

            hahahaha your in denial if you dont think CSGO is the biggest shooter out there

          • lunator100hd .

            I dont like cs go but it does have a big community and its very competitive and tactical imo, but the truth is that cod is bigger, and have in mind that we compare a $60 game with a $10.

  • RobMelchor

    Stupid people throwing money at Activision with supply drops. Screw cosmetics just play the damn game as it is.

    • MazeMatik

      While I must admit I like wearing the hottest pieces in the game, they should be earned through clan competition, or some of it. It would add something special to the piece or set since it has been unlocked while actually playing the game rather than through a paid system like Supply Drops.

      Just another little thing that is slowly turning this game into something we older players aren’t ready to accept. Will the game to re-adapt to us or will we have to adapt to it? I strongly feel the fate of eSports success in this franchise will eventually determine that.

      Meanwhile, I keep believing next Call of Duty will get back to the basics that we miss, such as boots on the ground but with something completely new and innovative, at least more than a dog partner (Ghosts), that will affect the gameplay, somehow, like exos, jetpacks and thrusts did in the past 2 titles but not as drastically game changing.

      • Tommy Ledge

        I my honest opinion, most players would not enjoy it if the game went back to boots on the ground. I know you hear a lot about this in forums etc. but this is due to the fact that unhappy/unsatisfied people make the most noise. So no matter what type of game is put out, what you are mostly going to hear is what players ‘don’t like’ about the game. Right now, you hear a lot about ‘exo’s’ but take those away and I’d bet any money all you’d hear about is how the game is ‘too slow’.

        • MazeMatik

          While exo’s, jetpacks and thrusts help a lot speeding up the game and also add verticality to maps, I think and I hope the studios and Activision won’t rely on these advanced soldier weapons and gears to speed up their game and assuring a fast pace shooter the majority of fans are looking for.

          Don’t get me wrong, all this jumping, boosting and wall climbing was a necessity a couple years ago when the franchise could have started to really stall there. It was an audacious and well made move first shown by Sledgehammer Games that the franchise could actually take the plunge into future warfare but mastered by Treyarch with BO3.

          The game can be as fast and enjoyable as it is right now without exo’s and such. While I doubt the next CoD installment will have gear allowing this new movements mechanic, I don’t exclude the possibility but I think the game needs a little change in that area after 2 years it needs to change the cycle, not to mention that it can easily go back there in a near future with Sledgehammer Games next title which could very be Advanced Warfare 2, especially with the given ending of the campaign story.

  • No.

  • Face facts it’s the truth

    You people need to realise eSports is here to stay along with all these advanced movements, they been is the last 2 call of duty games and will be in more moving forward, it’s a trend activision copy all the games out there in order to make sure there title is the best and will carry on to do so.

    Face facts the cods you onced loved is gone it’s now a thing off the past there will never be any cods like mw1,2&3 or black ops and world at war, only way now is backwards compatibility or remaster. Every new cod is forever going to be farfetched never like it once was, honestly tell me one game that started out good and went down hill like cod and some how made its way back up to what it once was and was a good as it once was in cods case back to mw, waw and black ops days.

    I’m off to get a burger I’m out!

  • Kaygex

    Bahahhaha Activision will never do such a thing they’re too money hungry