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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: 

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Reports claim Gears of War could be getting remastered collection like Halo

A new rumor is circulating that claims Gears of War could be the next Xbox title to recieve a remastered collection.

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New reports suggest that Xbox are planning to release another set of remastered games, with Gears of War implied as the title to receive the Halo: Master Chief Collection treatment.

Remasters are big business in gaming, giving players the opportunity to relive their favorite games with upgraded graphics. Franchises like Call of Duty have taken advantage of nostalgia, releasing titles like CoD 4 Remastered, although it doesn’t always go well, as Rockstar found out with their critically panned GTA Trilogy.

Remaking old games is something Microsoft and Xbox Studios have looked into in the past, with the Master Chief Collection allowing Halo fans to enjoy their favorite entries in the franchise.

Now, it seems like they’re set to use that formula again, this time focusing on another of their exclusive franchises: Gears of War.

Gears of War characters fighting aliens

According to Xboxera Podcast host Nick Shepsal, the rumor going around is that another “Microsoft franchise that will be getting the Master Chief Collection treatment.”

“Timelines, I’m not sure about. Most likely next year. A collection of games all bundled into one,” he stated. When the chat started to guess Fable and Gears of War, Shepsal smiled and said those were the two he “expected chat to say,” before confirming he knows the title but can’t say.

The Verge editor Tom Warren then added fuel to the fire, replying to a tweet of the above clip by saying: “The gears are really turning on this rumor.”

While it’s possible this is just a coincidence, it’s fairly unlikely. Warren’s choice of words was clearly a hint, although whether it’s real or just him messing with Xbox fans is impossible to know.

There hasn’t been a new Gears of War title since 2019, and with five games in the series, a remastered collection would give players plenty of content to enjoy for the foreseeable future.

Whether this rumor will turn out to be true remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you updated with any news.

For more, check out everything we know about God of War: Ragnarok and Modern Warfare 2.

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When is Ranked Play coming to Vanguard? Release date, Skill Divisions & Ratings, rewards, more

Vanguard’s Ranked Play mode is just weeks from launch, and we’ve got all news, including possible release date, ranks, and rewards.

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Ranked Play is officially back in Vanguard, with Sledgehammer Games confirming that the competitive playlist is on its way. Here’s everything we know about the mode, including the likely release date, Skill Divisions, and more.

Call of Duty has always had a large competitive community, with fans jumping into League Play to test their skills, and compete in matches just like those seen in the Call of Duty League.

While frustration has been rampant surrounding the esports side of the game, including the decision not to include a ranked playlist in Vanguard at launch, excitement for League Play is at an all-time high following January’s CDL Kickoff Classic tournament.

Thankfully, we already know for sure that League Play is on the way, and we’ve got all the details.

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CoD: Vanguard Ranked Play release date

While we don’t have a definite release date for Vanguard’s ranked playlist, we do know League Play is definitely releasing in February 2022.

In a post on the official Call of Duty League website, General Manager Daniel Tsay confirmed that it would “roll out alongside new Call of Duty: Vanguard,” and said the team were “excited about the future of Ranked Play.”

In terms of exact dates, there’s a good chance that February 14th is a date to look out for, as that’s when Vanguard Season 2 begins.

Ranked Play statement from the CDL website

CoD: Vanguard Ranked Play Skill Divisions and Ratings

In a tweet in October 2021, Treyarch confirmed that they had been working in partnership with the Call of Duty League to bring a “new level of Ranked Play” to the franchise, starting in 2022 with Vanguard.

Vanguard’s Ranked Play will include “competitive modes, Ranked Skill Divisions, and visible Skill Ratings,” which will allow players to see how they stack up against their friends and other players.

How this mode will be implemented is still yet to be confirmed, but we’ll be sure to update this post with any new information.

Vanguard Ranked Play Rewards

Players will also be able to earn various kinds of rewards for their efforts in Vanguard’s Ranked game mode. In Black Ops Cold War, players were able to earn special weapon charms based on their ladder placements and Skill Divisions.

How these will look in Vanguard remains unclear, but it’s likely that we will see a similar system implemented in the Sledgehammer title.

Black Ops Cold War League Play rewards

With Ranked Play just around the corner, make sure you’ve got the right settings with our best PC and audio settings guide.

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Will Call of Duty stay on PlayStation after Microsoft’s Activision buyout?

PlayStation fans may have some questions regarding the new Xbox acquisition, including whether Call of Duty will be on the platform.

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After the huge news about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, PlayStation players are wondering what will happen with future Call of Duty releases.

Since the news broke about Microsoft’s purchase of Activision, the gaming community has gone crazy worldwide. The deal is arguably the biggest acquisition in gaming history and was even worth more than Disney’s purchase of the Star Wars franchise (Lucasfilms).

The deal has a lot of question marks surrounding it at the moment, but for those PlayStation users who are confused as to what it means for Call of Duty on the platform, here’s all the information you need.

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The deal involves games under Activision and Activision Blizzard, which subsequently means Xbox will own Call of Duty.

This took the community by surprise when it was announced and naturally, a lot of people had questions.

For example, Call of Duty have had a close relationship with PlayStation for some years now, giving them exclusive/early access to content, so what will happen after the deal goes through?

Will Call of Duty still be on PlayStation?

Xbox’s Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft gaming, confirmed in a statement over on Twitter that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation following the acquisition. Further, the Xbox CEO also confirmed that they would honor all existing agreements that Sony has with Call of Duty.

Nothing more is confirmed regarding the deal, as the companies will remain independent from each other until 2023.

This means that Call of Duty 2022 will likely retain a lot of the PlayStation exclusivity deals that have been around and PS players won’t have to worry about losing content to Xbox, at least not until these commitments and deals expire.

Once the deal closes and the commitment to existing contracts and agreements like PlayStation’s exclusive Call of Duty content expires, it’s unclear what will happen in terms of exclusive content. However, it is clear that Call of Duty will still be released on PlayStation.

According to Tom Warren, Xbox’s dealings with Bethesda when they purchased the company could be telling of what they will do with Activision. We will likely know much more about exclusivity for other games once the deal has closed, but we could be seeing a lot of Activision games going exclusive.

It wouldn’t have been wise for Microsoft to pull Call of Duty games from PlayStation, as the franchise remains the best-selling game on PlayStation platforms in the U.S. and has been for years, with Vanguard recently topping the charts for 2021.

What can be said, however, is that exclusivity deals may shift from PlayStation to Xbox after the deal is closed. Call of Duty games may even be seen on the Xbox Game Pass on release, but this is all still just speculation.


So, there you have it, Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation platforms but the exclusive content may shift over to Xbox and PC. For more, check out every Warzone weapon ranked.

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