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2014 Year in Review: We take a look back at 2014 including statistics and answer your most common questions

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It’s official everyone, 2014 has finally come to an end. It’s been a big year for Call of Duty, and it’s been an even bigger year for us.

When we first started Charlie INTEL almost 4 years ago, we never thought we’d be tweeting to ~85,000 Twitter followers and generating millions of page views every single month. We thought we’d put together some statistics for this year, answer some questions, and look forward to 2015.

Here’s a few statistics about Charlie INTEL in 2014:

  • We received over 120,000 comments on articles
  • We have posted 743 articles this year
  • May, October and November are the busiest months traffic wise (based on 2013 + 2014)
  • The most comments are posted during the month of October (based on 2013 + 2014)
  • Traffic increases by approximately 100% year on year (since 2012)
  • We attended the Call of Duty: Championship, E3, Gamescom & Eurogamer this year

We see tons of comments and questions in each article, so we thought we’d ‘clear the air’ and answer some common questions and cover misconceptions:

Are you paid by Activision in anyway shape or form?
We’re not paid by Activision whatsoever. We do not receive money from Activision in cash, cheque, bank transfer or any payment method along those lines. We’re invited to events throughout the year – most of which are sponsored/covered by Activision. We’re very lucky and appreciative when invited to such events given they’re normally attended by YouTuber’s.

Why do you favour a certain plaform? (Xbox One/PS4)
We do not favour any platform, whether it be Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or PC. In fact, I (Petey) mostly play on PC, Victor plays between the Xbox One and PlayStation, as does Keshav. Activision and Microsoft favour each other, not us.

How many people work at Charlie INTEL? Is it a full time job? Can I get a job or help out?
3 of us work on Charlie INTEL in total. As much as we’d love for this to be our full time job, unfortunately this website generates very minimal revenue after expenses and therefore it is merely a hobby. Myself and Victor work full time – Keshav is currently in education. We’re not looking to expand our team at the moment.

Why don’t you upload YouTube videos?
You absolutely want to make sure you’re subscribed here (click me). We have big plans for 2015.

What do you think about Advanced Warfare?
The fact of the matter is, you can’t please everyone all of the time. Whether it be next year, or the year after, no Call of Duty game will ever be perfect. Advanced Warfare to us is a great game, a step in the right direction and ultimately enjoyable. There’s no denying it has flaws, but some could say it’s a giant leap from the 2014 title. I (Petey) am having the most fun with Advanced Warfare since my favourite title, Black Ops 1.

Are you annoyed that YouTuber’s rip all of your content and make videos?
We could talk about this subject all day, but we wouldn’t get anywhere. We can’t help it, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We have no further comment to make on this subject.

Will you be releasing an iPhone/Android app any time soon?
It’s definitely something we’re working on, but considerable cost is involved. Hopefully we’ll have more news on this subject in the weeks ahead.

What era do we want to see Call of Duty return to?
Victor: Modern
Keshav: Future
Petey: Modern

What is your favourite Call of Duty title to date?
Victor: Modern Warfare 2
Keshav: Call of Duty 4
Petey: Black Ops 1

We’ll have a follow up post tomorrow looking ahead to 2015 including Treyarch’s title in November 2015.

The question for you: What are you wanting to see from Treyarch in 2015?

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Apex Legends devs announce commitment to fixing major server issues

The issue of server and net code problems has consistently caused problems for Apex Legends. However, a new dev blog is on the way.

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Apex Legends has had ongoing problems with server and net code issues. However, it does seem that they are trying their best to communicate with the community and plan improvements.

Over the last two years, Apex Legends players have experienced severe server and net code issues that many have complained about since release.

Of course, these issues are extremely complicated and won’t be fixed overnight. However, more communication between the developers and the community could bring light and positivity to the manner, allowing a better understanding of the ongoing issues.

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Apex Legends director of communications, Ryan K. Rigney (@RKRigney on Twitter), revealed that he had been working with the Apex engineers to create a new developer blog concerning, “servers, net code, and tickrate.”

We have seen similar dev blog posts in the past concerning patch notes, future updates, and the most recent video with Jason McCord concerning Apex Legends hackers and cheaters.

This new dev blog is said to be coming out in two weeks and will attempt to acknowledge and explain the “biggest issues” concerning servers, net code, and tick rate, as well as “exploring recent/upcoming improvements.”

Ryan Rigney says he is expecting a mixed reaction, mainly because he knows players want overnight fixes for all Apex Legends server issues – which aren’t possible. The dev blog won’t promise “revolutionary changes immediately,” but it will allow better insight and communication with the community.

Pro Apex Legends player, NRG Rogue, responded to his tweets, essentially stating that it will not satisfy the community of the “14-24-year-old Apex Legends market.”

Just like Rogue, who says he is not “too techy” in understanding such issues, the majority of the community are likely to be similar. The information offered may be overlooked, or not fully understood.

Either way, more communication between the devs and engineers for Apex Legends can hardly be negative, so we look forward to seeing the information provided.

For more news on Apex Legends and the upcoming War Games event, arriving today at around 10am PST and 6pm GMT, stay tuned on Charlie Intel.

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Apex Legends leak reveals EPG from Titanfall 2

Apex Legends leak reveals Respawn’s plans to add another Titanfall weapon into the game, potentially making its arrival next season.

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Most of Apex Legends weapons are taken directly from the Titanfall universe and it seems like another one may be on its way.

This season saw Apex Legends add its sixth new weapon into the game called the 30-30 Repeater. Since then, there has been lots of speculation on which weapon we could be seeing next.

The most recent leaked weapons said to be introduced into the game by reliable data miner @Biast12 include the Compound Bow, the Dragon LMG, and the EPG from Titanfall.

The EPG stands for ‘Energy Propelled Grenade’, a futuristic grenade launcher that explodes on hit, causing splash damage.

In Titanfall 2, it fired fairly slowly but dealt quite a lot of damage. The weapon also didn’t have much bullet drop, as you’d usually see with a grenade launcher, allowing you to hit targets from far without adjusting your aim too much.

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The weapon one-hit Pilots in Titanfall 2, dealing massive amounts of damage and even being useful against weaker Titans. Although it’s unlikely to be the same in Apex Legends, it could potentially deal supreme amounts of damage.

This is not the first time we have heard about the EPG potentially coming to Apex Legends, as it was teased during a demo for Season 5’s Lost Treasures event.

The EPG would be the first explosive weapon in Apex Legends, making it an obvious choice for the developers to introduce it.

The latest leak also included a picture of the EPG’s potential legendary skin names.

The EPG in Apex Legends will be the second version of the weapon from Titanfall. It will likely receive an upgraded name change that we have also seen for other Titanfall weapons in Apex like the R-97, which was of course renamed the R-99.

For continued news on Apex Legends stay tuned on Charlie Intel and the @TitanfallBlog over on twitter.

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How to get Apex Legends Caustic Cold Blooded Twitch Prime skin

Learn how you can get the most recent Cold Blooded Caustic Twitch Prime skin for free in Apex Legends before it’s too late.

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How to get the latest ‘Cold Blooded’ free Twitch Prime skin in Apex Legends for villainous Legend, Caustic.

Each month one of these free Twitch Prime skins becomes available and this time its everybody’s favourite toxic trapper, Caustic.

Recently, new content seems to be rolling out fairly regularly for Apex Legends. The new War Games event will be arriving on April 13th, bringing new exciting skins and game modes. Now, players can also redeem another free Twitch Prime skin. This time, Caustic is getting some love.

How to redeem Caustics ‘Cold Blooded’ skin

This month’s skin features a blue color to reflect Caustic’s cold-blooded nature. The description reads: “Caustic woke up one day, looked at himself in the mirror, and was like, ‘Dang, I am one cold-blooded cowboy.'”

To redeem this skin, you must access the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account, or you can start a free trial with prime to claim it without an active membership. Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website
  2. Visit the Apex Legends section
  3. Click “Claim Now” on the Cold Blooded skin when it goes live
  4. The skin will then become available in your in-game inventory
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After you enter your Amazon account details, you will then be redirected to sign in to your EA account. Once you have completed this, you will be redirected back to the Prime Gaming website where you will be informed that the skin has been successfully claimed.

The next time you boot up Apex Legends on the EA account you linked with Prime Gaming, you will receive a notification upon passing the main menu that will inform you of your claim.

Head over to Legends, select Caustic and you will find the ‘Cold Blooded’ skin among the rest of the blue rarity skins. Make sure to grab this skin as it is only available for a limited time between April 9th – May 14th.

For more Apex Legends news and updates on redeeming Twitch Prime skins, keep it locked on Charlie Intel.

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