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Black Ops 2 Innovates with League Play and COD Casting

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is set to introduce a brand new feature called eSports. It seems Treyarch has listened to the community and will be introducing eSports into the game, again this is a first in any Call of Duty game. The eSports feature is spilt up into 3 unique features “League Play, CODcast and Live Streaming”, all the unique features that make up eSports and what it is all about. David Vonderhaar stated “Sport and eSport is no difference, you have a sport, a production, a personality and a caster”.

League Play:
Treyarch has introduced brand new Call of Duty leagues with Black Ops 2 which involve seasonal ladders on skill based matchmaking making “Competition fun at any level”. A team can come together and play games to earn skill rating of which they will always move up a league and get into a new division. Treyarch wanted the matchmaking to be set on skill based level to ensure everyone is having fun all the time, they believed winning by a huge amount and losing by a huge amount all the time is not fun in the slightest, so they introduced skill based matchmaking so a team only play opponents on a similar skill level to have a fun and very fair/even game. If you are on Twitter and follow @DavidVonderhaar you will have seen his Twitter picture over the past few days quite a lot, all these little emblems are of which the different division emblems will be.

CODcast:
CODcasting in a brand new way of spectating a game of Call of Duty. Essentially the “CODcaster” takes on the role of the commentator of the game, providing the audience with coverage and details of what is going on within the game. Within CODcasting are a few very specific features to allow shouting like never before.

Picture-In-Picture: This certain view shows a table of all players in that game, along with their current score, kill streak and their status. The amazing thing about this view is that a players status is what they are doing with the game such as, Capturing the C Flag on Domination, Planting the bomb at A on Search and Destroy or even gaining points of the HQ on Headquarters, all of which are unique to this view.

Map View: This view shows a bird eyes view of the map they are playing, and shows where the players are running using the arrows to represent players much like we have seen on previous game.

Score Panel: Very similar to what is already part of eSports is a big score players clearly showing who is winning the game and what score by, it also shows objective information for example, how long a bomb has left to be defused.

Name Plate: Treyarch added this cool feature in Black Ops 2 and it acts as a players jersey meaning that the audience can easily identify who they are spectating.

Display Options: The CODcaster has the ability to switch on and off certain sections of a players HUD when they are spectating a certain player. This will not affect the players HUD but will optimize the audiences spectating experience.

Listen In: Allows the spectator to drop in and out of a team conversation and what they are saying.

Livestreaming:
Currently in development is Livestreaming which will help make competitive gaming not only fun to play but also fun to watch. Treyarch will enable a streaming toolset that allows players to stream their own gameplays once the Livestreaming option is complete. Not only can you stream your gameplay but if you want to commentate the game you can plug in an additional USB webcam for the world to see your face also in the stream.

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How to play Rebirth Island in private matches

Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War has arrived in Warzone, and it has delivered the ability to play Rebirth Island in private matches.

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Rebirth Island Private Matches

Season 3 has officially arrived in Call of Duty: Warzone. It has brought plenty of changes, with one of the most notable is the ability to play private matches on Rebirth Island.

The first season of Black Ops Cold War content for Warzone saw Rebirth Island become the second map that players could battle on in the popular Call of Duty battle royale. The much smaller map and lower player count resulted in players being able to have quicker and even more intense matches than Verdansk.

While the community has been able to play private matches on Verdansk for some time now, the same has not been true for Rebirth Island, until now thanks to the Season 3 update for Warzone.

Rebirth Island Private Matches

How to Play Rebirth Island in Private Matches

Players looking to customize their experience on the smaller Warzone map and host their own exclusive matches now can, thanks to the addition of private matches to the Black Ops Cold War map for Warzone.

Individuals who would like to set up these kinds of games on this particular map will need to head into Warzone and click on the tab at the very bottom of the Warzone playlist where you find all of the different game modes that you can play currently.

You will then need to select which game mode you would like to play. Once you have selected the game mode, you will be sent to the lobby screen, where you will be able to go to the bottom of the screen and switch the map from Verdansk to Rebirth Island.

Make sure you have enough players in the lobby to start a match, and then press start match.

There is no doubt that the addition of this feature to Verdansk was a hit amongst the community and will likely be used a great deal by players throughout Season 3 who prefer to get their victories and highlights on the smaller Warzone map instead of its larger predecessor.

The addition of this feature is just one of the many changes that have arrived in Warzone by way of the Season 3 update. From new weapons like the PPSH and Swiss K31 to the Hunt for Adler event, community members will have plenty to enjoy for the foreseeable future.

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How to Get Your Call of Duty: Warzone Report

You now have the opportunity to get a detailed summary of your time playing in Verdansk thanks to the Call of Duty: Warzone report.

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Players looking to see detailed statistics of their time spent playing the adrenaline-fueled battle royale of Call of Duty: Warzone can currently get their own report.

It has been an exciting year for the Call of Duty community, thanks largely to the success of Warzone and its entertaining battle royale action that has captivated the world.

Millions of players have taken to the battlefield of Verdansk to be the last player or team standing, resulting in plenty of impressive statistics culminating in the highly-anticipated nuke event that took place on April 21, 2021.

Call of Duty Warzone Report

Individuals who may be interested in seeing their detailed stats can now do so by looking up their very own Call of Duty: Warzone report so you can put together some evidence the next time you are looking to brag to your friends.

How to Get Your Call of Duty: Warzone Report

The social media platform of Twitter is where you will need to make your way if you would like to get your hands on your own list of stats accumulated during your time playing the popular first-person shooter.

Once you are on your Twitter account, you will need to make a post with your Activision ID and the hashtag #WarzoneReport. This will then cause the official account for the high-profile franchise to reply to you and provide you with a customized image that shows a variety of statistics.

These statistics consist of your K/D ratio, total kills, deaths, hours played, the total number of wins you have gotten so far, and the total number of games you have played.

You can find an example in the tweet below:

There is no doubt that plenty of players will be happy to see the stats they have been able to put together so far in their career, while other players will be motivated to do better and have greatly improved stats the next time they get their report.

Players getting a summary of their career stats was just one of the highlights in the community on April 21, 2021, and there are sure to be plenty of more following the nuclear destruction of Verdansk and the official Season 3 update.

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Glitch giving free Stitch Skin to Black Ops Cold War players

A glitch has been giving Black Ops Cold War players access to a new Stitch skin ahead of the Season 3 update for the first-person shooter.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players have been confused about having access to a new Stitch skin ahead of the Season 3 update for the first-person shooter.

Stitch is one of the many Operators that players can choose to play as in Black Ops Cold War when they are gunning down zombies or battling it out against other players in multiplayer.

Stitch Black Ops Cold War

Skins for these Operators can be acquired through various means, but it looks as though a bug is currently allowing players to have a new Stitch skin unlocked without having to do anything.

Over on Twitter, The Baron of ZLand showed off this Stitch Brute skin and how they thought they were likely not supposed to have this skin unlocked when they launched Black Ops Cold War. Other players also have reported gaining access to this cosmetic item even if they did not have Stitch unlocked.

Players were able to use this new skin in matches and quickly discovered that the character was barefoot when using it.

This lead to many believing that having access to the skin was a mistake and that this unfinished nature of the item meant that Treyarch did not intend for it to be in the hands of players yet.

The Baron of ZLand later posted a tweet saying that this free Stitch skin had been removed from their inventory, lending more support to the idea that it had been an unintentional addition to the cosmetic inventories of players ahead of the Season 3 update for Black Ops Cold War.

While players are likely going to have to wait till later on in Season 3 to get their hands on this Stitch skin officially, there is still a wide array of exciting changes that will be taking place when the Season 3 update for Black Ops Cold War officially goes live on April 21 and April 22.

From a group of brand new weapons like the PPSH and Swiss K31 to a multitude of new maps for players to battle each other on, there will be plenty for players to enjoy when they finally get to use this Stitch Brute skin at some point in the future.

For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie Intel for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch

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