Call of Duty has grown exponentially over the past decade with new content creators, news accounts, groups, and more forming from their passion and love of this extended franchise.
One of those groups that has stemmed from the Call of Duty franchise is KARNAGE Clan. The group was originally founded in 2011 as a clan on the Call of Duty: ELITE service that existed with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. KARANGE started with competitions in ELITE’s Clan Operations, which put clans head to head in objective battles as part of its premium service.
From the success of playing and finding friends in Clan Operations, the team created a YouTube channel and picked up many players from the community that were pubstompers in the matches.
Recently, the team has expanded to bring on new personalities and build communities not just around each of the new team members but also the clan itself.
The Clan was founded by Landon, who goes by KRNG Apollo online, in 2011.
“In 2011, I founded KARNAGE with the hopes to meet other passionate Call of Duty fans to game with never guessing what it would evolve into,” said Apollo. “From editing and commentating two videos a day for two years straight back in 2014-2015 to running support for fellow teammates to achieve the craziest of gameplays, I have now taken a more backend approach to operating KARNAGE. Though I still participate in team challenges, coordinate the recording sessions, edit and commentate the majority of the videos I have also taken on other roles in different avenues to make sure the org is growing in a multitude of ways.”
Over the years, KARNAGE has expanded to build relationships with key partners in the gaming industry, including GFUEL Energy, SCUF Gaming, RESPAWN Products, and KontrolFreek.
And, the team has also expanded to be at events for Call of Duty, including DLC reveal events and new game announcements.
“KARNAGE has come a long way from where we began and I could not be more proud of the organization we have built together,” said Apollo. “I’ve spent 10 years, half of my life, working on this brand and I could easily see myself doing it for another 10 years. The people I’ve surrounded myself with motivate me each and every day to not only strive to be a better leader, but also a better person. I love the direction we are heading and I am beyond excited for the future.”
Another key member of the organization is DEXB0T.
Dex joined KARNAGE Clan in 2017 as Content Creator and Social Media Manager, working to operator KARNAGE’s social channels.
As the Social Media Manager of KARNAGE he handles day-to-day activities across various social media platforms to reach the target audience of fans and supporters of the KARNAGE brand. From the KARNAGE socials, we provide entertaining content to the KARNAGE community which has a strong presence in the Call of Duty scene. We also use feedback from our followers and viewers, as well as the Call of Duty community provide feedback and tips to the gaming developers, as well. One key thing we try to focus on from the KARNAGE brand is maintaining positivity when delivering content, and providing constructive feedback on topics of discussion.
As a YouTube creator and Twitch streamer, he covers the latest news, events and gameplay in the Call of Duty community. He also collaborates with other members of KARNAGE to bring a unique style of Call of Duty content for the KARNAGE Clan YouTube channel.
KARNAGE has also expanded in 2019 to include Travis, also known as THUMP3R.
He helps drive operations for the overall business of the organization. He serves currently as the Director of Operations for the clan. THUMP3R has been around the Call of Duty scene for a long time.
“I originally got into the comp scene by playing in tournaments and joining GB teams. Eventually this resulted in me getting heavy into Competitive Call of Duty. I joined IPlayCoD because they had great tournaments and a wonderful community that shared my passion for gaming,” said Travis. I fell in love with the IPC brand and the Call of Duty community. I discovered KARNAGE because of their heavy involvement in the CoD community and recognized they shared the constructive attitude that I believe is incredibly important to the development of the community and helping it impact the future of gaming. I joined KARNAGE because I truly believe there is no other organization better positioned to make a positive impact in gaming while being profitable for itself, it’s members and its partners.”
As the Director of Operations of KARNAGE he assists with the executive direction, communications and marketing strategies for the team. His day to day duties include partnership, influencer and public relations management.
The clan also includes several high profile content creators in different gaming spaces, including Henry, who goes by ProHenis.
ProHenis joined the team in 2015 to be a commentator for the YouTue channel and record gameplay alongside Apollo.
“I joined KARNAGE back in July 2015 as a commentator for the team’s YouTube channel & immediately began working alongside KRNG Apollo (Landon) to record gameplay commentaries on top of each gameplay video. Every commentary had a similar format of introducing the gameplay & the player then transitioning into a topic, usually chosen by the commentator,” said Henry. “I would always try and base my commentary topics around trends related to the gaming world, such as gaming events, new titles, and leaks, but also enjoyed talking about things more related to our target audience like going back to school & holiday excitement. My favorite series of commentaries that I ever recorded was the 25 Nuclears of Christmas series that I did back in late 2015, where KRNG Apollo and I went back and forth recording commentaries over 25 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 nuclear gameplays for the 25 days leading up to Christmas.”
ProHenis also expanded beyond just Call of Duty to also showcase Fortnite gameplay and more on YouTube, with his own YouTube channel gaining immense popularity over the last year.
“I gained so much experience during my first few months in KARNAGE about learning to record commentaries efficiently, engaging the viewer’s internet, & over time began to master the format of being a gaming commentator.”
His work has also expanded recently to include being the Director of Content Creator for KARNAGE, where he works to help plan and build content for the KARNAGE channel.
“In this new role, I continue to work alongside KRNG Apollo to help plan & strategize content for the KARNAGE channel by studying the latest trends in the YouTube & gaming industry; always improving the team’s content creation across all social media.”
ProHenis has an exciting future ahead of himself with lots to come in terms of content creator, as well as what’s to come from the KARNAGE channels.
“Moving forward, I’m incredibly excited to help the KARNAGE organization grow its brand & outreach by continuing to innovate our content. KARNAGE has always focused on high quality & personality driven content that new & longtime fans feel a strong connection with. Our brand & content will undeniably continue to grow & I’m always inspired by our team & fanbase to uphold our core values while we work to make KARNAGE one of the largest gaming organizations in the world.”
Lastly, another key member of KARNAGE and its success story is Jordan, who goes by Espresso online.
Jordan was one of the first people to join Apollo on building KARNAGE and getting into content creation for Call of Duty.
“When I think of my “career” in gaming and content creation, I think it is synonymous with KARNAGE Clan. Early on, Apollo was one of the first people to give the young content creator in myself a chance, bringing me on board to commentate Top 5s, weapon breakdowns and other content alike. In many ways, that was the stepping stone that brought me into the interest of pursuing content,” said Jordan. “The communal aspect of a collective chasing similar dreams, turning a hobby and interest into something more. Since then, I’ve done all I can to make sure that while my own brand grows, I can do what is possible to help progress KARNAGE as well. It’s always been a home and a family to me.”
Espresso has been part of the Call of Duty community for a while, and has been to numerous Call of Duty capture events over the years. He’s now focused on content creation on his channel, which has over 360,000 subscribers, and focuses exclusively on Call of Duty.
“Currently, I am working full time as a content creator and looking to get into the streaming space seriously as well. With the recent reveal of Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, I saw a renewed excitement for creation as what always comes around with each new year. I am greatly looking forward to seeing what the new year brings, both personally and on a level for KARNAGE.”
“Personally, I’d love to reach a level of half a million subscribers within the coming year and I’d additionally love to see KARNAGE hit one million. We’ll see where the future takes us but for now, we take it day by day.”
Beyond content creation for his own channel, Espresso also works as the Director of Strategy for KARNAGE Clan, where he designs and identifies ways for the overall clan to grow and expand.
“I’m labeled as the Director of Strategy in which, while I may be a little more hands off in the day to day operations as opposed to earlier on in the team’s life, I do what I can to formulate strategies and opportunities to grow the brand and all involved in the team.”
“At the end of the day, my main focus is trying to give those chances to the up and coming creators in the creative space just like how KARNAGE first gave me a chance. If there’s anything I want to do, it’s to help elevate creators to a higher potential and allow them to realize their dreams of taking a hobby and making it something more.”
Checkout the KARNAGE Clan YouTube channel here.
And see the team’s content house:
As well as some of the team challenges they’ve done in the past:
Rocket League Airstrike Goal Explosion may have the coolest feature yet
One of the new items in the Rocket League Season 2 Item Series is the Airstrike Goal explosion which has an amazing new animation.
One of the new cosmetics as a part of the Rocket League Season 2 Item Series is the Airstrike Goal Explosion that demolishes all nearby cars.
Rocket League has always had some awesome cosmetics, but the addition of unique Goal Explosions may have been their coolest idea. The concept is nearly endless, and Psynoix have been adding new features with each cosmetic set.
This is no different in the Season 2 Item Series, which is now available via blueprints. Some of the items in this series include the Exalter Decale, Medianic and Brocado Wheels, and, of course, the Air Strike Goal Explosion.
Upon first glance, the Explosion doesn’t look like anything too special. As the name suggests, it sends an airstrike into the goal after someone scores.
When you see the effects in-game, however, you realize why this will be one of the most sought-after cosmetics in the Season 2 Item Series. The Airstrike detonates all cars – friend or foe – within range of the goal.
For now, you’ll need to earn the Airstrike Coal Explosion in a Blueprint, which you can receive by playing matches and ranking up the Rocket Pass.
Based on some of the previous seasons, we should see the Airstrike Goal Explosion – and all of the other cosmetics from the Season 2 Item Series – enter the Item Shop at some point. Make sure to check the tab frequently so you don’t miss out on one of the coolest Goal Explosions in the game.
Image Credit: Psyonix
‘Anthem Next’ revamp abandoned by EA & BioWare following internal review
The Anthem game update that players were anticipating, Anthem Next, has been cancelled by EA and BioWare after an internal review.
Anthem Next, BioWare’s complete revamp of the unsuccessful Anthem game, has now been cancelled following an internal review.
Anthem, which was released on February 22, 2019, jumped into a cluttered landscape of looter-shooters and did little to stand out from the pack. The game fell flat for a lot of players and was subject to some poor reviews that never seemed to get any better.
BioWare, the game’s developers, are well-known for making high-quality games like Mass Effect and Dragon’s Age. The failure of Anthem hit them hard, but they were dedicated to improving the experience for all players.
Months after the game’s release, BioWare and EA announced Anthem Next. The new update promised to breathe life back into the game, just as updates to No Man’s Sky and Destiny have in the past.
Unfortunately, on February 24, 2021, BioWare shared some bad news with the Anthem fanbase. “In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” they wrote in a blog post.
The team assured players that they would “continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.”
With this decision, BioWare and EA will be moving some of their developers away from Anthem Next to better “focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.”
It looks like Anthem’s last hope of being the game that fans expected has been abandoned. Hopefully, the additional focus on other BioWare IPs pay off in the future.
Image Credit: EA/BioWare
Apex Legends cheaters hit by huge ban wave with more to come
Apex Legends developer Conor Ford has put out a manual ban wave for Season 8, banning over 600 cheaters in a single day on his own.
An Apex Legends developer has manually banned over 600 cheaters in the past week as an ongoing effort to keep Season 8 clean.
Much like Activision’s Warzone, EA’s Apex Legends also has its fair share of cheaters in their games. It may be a bit less lucrative to cheat in Apex Legends, with crossplay being input-based – putting them mainly against other PC players. In Warzone, you can come across players from any system, at any time.
Regardless, it doesn’t matter which game you play on PC. If there’s a scent of competition, someone, somewhere will cheat. It’s up to developers to create their own anti-cheats in-house or pay for support from a third-party anti-cheat software, like Easy Anti-Cheat.
Apex Legends uses Easy Anti-Cheat, which is a regularly updated cheat detection tool with a dedicated team (composed of both Apex developers and Easy Anti-Cheat developers) set to constantly fight the wave of crafty cheat developers.
In addition to the automatic detection tool, developers can also manually spectate and ban players the anti-cheat does not identify, which is a task developer Conor Ford on the Apex Security team has taken up.
Manual ban wave wipes out 600 players
For those pesky cheaters that make it past the anti-cheat, developers like Ford are dedicated to banning them. This can take several hours of spectating players in-game to properly conclude if they’re hacking.
In just a single day of manual bans, Ford was able to ban a stunning 652 cheaters from the live servers.
This follows another ban wave he put out himself on February 10, banning 507 PS4 players abusing an RP glitch in ranked mode – supposedly banning them for the entirety of Season 8. In response, he requested the banned players “do something actually productive instead of cheating.”
Japan servers also getting a ban wave
If any region is filled with cheaters, it’s most certainly the densely populated Asian server. For games like PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds, this was a huge issue when the game originally launched.
Fortunately for players on that server, it appears Respawn is also dedicated to banning cheaters in the coming weeks, per a tweet from Hideouts.
Starting things off, Ford stated that he is “dedicating a lot of (his) time this week to specifically focus on cleaning out (the Japanese) servers”. In a follow-up tweet, he also stated that there are “plans in place, that will be announced relatively soon, to better help this problem.”
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait long to see those plans, if they are specifically dedicated to anti-cheat measures, they will surely help the entire player base.
Image Credit: Respawn/EA
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