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Dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty wager leads to death of 28 year old man in Kansas

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UPDATE: Los Angeles Police Department have arrested 25 year old Tyler Raj Barriss for making the ‘swatting’ call which resulted in the death of Andrew Finch.

Tyler Barriss was known online has SWAuTistic. He was in an interview with KEEMSTAR’s Drama Alert last night.

Police in Los Angeles says that Barriss was arrested previously in September 2015 for a making a bomb threat call to a ABC Studio in Glendale, CA.

It is not clear yet what he is being charged with at this time.


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A dispute between two teammates, over the loss of a $1.50 Call of Duty wager, has led to the death of a 28 year old man in Wichita, Kansas. Police has ID’d the 28 year individual as Andrew Finch. He leaves behind two children. His mother spoke with local news outlet, in a video posted by the site here. She says she never heard of a swatting before. His mother also said Andrew Finch did not play video games.

Two individuals got into a heated argument over a UMG Wager online after a loss in the match. During the heated dispute, one of the individuals involved provided the other with a fake address for where he resided. The other individual decided to send the location to a known swatter. This known swatter is reportedly the same individual that called in a fake bomb threat at CWL Dallas event earlier in December. The swatter called in a fake scenario to the local police. Swatting has been a problem within the Call of Duty community. There have been numerous incidents where a fake situation is called into police, either via calling 911 or via other ways to report an emergency.

UMG, the site that hosted the wager which caused the dispute, says they will work to provide any information they can to local authorities.

Police arrived at the address and shot and killed the 28 year old male who was not involved in the dispute at all. The officer who fired the shot, a 7 year veteran of the local police department, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the department investigates what really happened during this incident.

“It was a shooting call involving hostages,” Police Chief Troy Livingston said. “The original call, we were told someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot. And now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. That was the information we were working off of.”

Police said they are investigating if the incident was a prank “swatting” incident, but at the time they responded to the call, the officers were working off the information they had as they approached the house. It is not clear why the officer fired as soon as the individual opened the door.

”We were given some misinformation on the (original) call,” he said. “We got a call that someone was deceased in the residence and that proved not to be true. Also, we’re still trying to determine who was the hostages and how that unfolded as well.”

Reports claim the two Call of Duty players involved were Miruhcle and Baperizer; these two players have since deleted their Twitter accounts. The known swatter also changed his Twitter profile to a new username.

Pro player Parasite shared some additional information that was found on Twitter about the incident:

 

Another Pro Player, FaZe Clan’s ZooMaa, has shared information showing the swatter, who has now changed his Twitter username, threatening him in the past and has even threatened to call in fake bomb threats to CWL New Orleans, the next CWL event, taking place January 12-14. ZooMaa said he has already contacted the police about the individual for his own safety.

 

We will update this post as we get more information on what happened.

If you have any information on the people involved, contact the local police department.

SOURCE: Kansas News (1, 2) (additional info via Dexerto)

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Fortnite: How to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

The First wave of Fortnite Rift Tour quests have arrived, and here is how you can save the date in the Rift Tour tab to complete one of them.

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The Fortnite Rift Tour event will be injecting musical entertainment into the popular game, and players can earn some of the event’s rewards by completing quests with one of the first asking Fortnite players to save the date in the Rift Tour tab.

There is a great deal of excitement in the Fortnite community thanks to the recent announcement of the Rift Tour event, which will be showcasing various musical shows for players to enjoy.

Now, the superstar that will be the focus of these shows has not yet been revealed, but leaks have pointed towards Ariana Grande being the main act in the same way Travis Scott was previously when he had a concert event take place.

Players will also earn some event cosmetic rewards by completing various quests, with one of the first asking players to save the date in the Rift Tour tab, and we have everything you need to know to complete this quest covered for you.

Fortnite how to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

Fortnite how to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

This particular quest does not require a complex process to complete, but you do need to know where to go in the game to complete it successfully.

The Fortnite Rift Tour event has its own tab in the game’s menu, where you will be able to find everything related to this upcoming event.

This tab is where you will find the full schedule for the show, where you will organize which of the shows you and your friends will be attending.

All that you need to do to complete the Fortnite save the date in the Rift Tour tab is click on one of the black boxes that can be found at the bottom of each of the show options.

Fortnite how to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

It is important to note that this is not an RSVP for the show and that it does not guarantee you will get into the event, as there are sure to be server limits when it comes to how many players can be in the game, such as with Fortnite events in the past.

Players are recommended to show up an hour before the show’s start time they would like to attend to make sure they have a place, as the playlists for each show will go live 30 minutes before.

This is one of the easier quests available for the upcoming musical event, so players will be wise to set aside a couple of minutes to complete the Fortnite save the date in the Rift Tour tab challenge.

For more Fortnite, check out how to get the new Bloodspot skin from the new Suicide Squad movie, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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How to fix Halo Infinite black screen

For those lucky enough to experience the Halo Infinite technical preview beta, you may experience a black screen issue that will prevent you from playing.

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Halo Infinite Black Screen

Halo Infinite has officially released its first technical preview beta for players to experience the multiplayer, but some are already having issues with one being a black screen they can not get past.

Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer technical preview beta is officially out, with players getting their first experience with the new installment for the franchise.

Like many betas, the Halo Infinite Tech Preview doesn’t come without its fair share of issues, with many players experiencing a Halo Infinite black screen that will not allow them to play. Luckily, there is a way to get past it.

Halo Infinite black screen

Halo Infinite black screen fix

Reddit user Troy1251 put up a post expressing the Halo Infinite black screen issue: “Infinite stuck on black screen with three white dots on top left corner of screen.”

As well as some matchmaking issues, it seems Halo Infinite has been getting stuck on the loading screen, preventing players from accessing the main menu.

Players in the comments are reporting the same issues, stating that they can’t launch the game past this even when closing it down and reopening.

However, it does seem people have had luck just closing and launching the game over and over until they are accepted in, with one stating they were able to get in on their “second try.”

For those on PC, one user had some input which seems to be successful:

“After waiting a few minutes, I noticed there was a “dump_tool” subprocess running as part of the Halo Infinite game – I closed that via task manager and a few minutes later my game popped up.

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Check task manager and make sure that the game is at least using *some* CPU, and just wait (or try ending the task I did).”

If you’re one of these players who’s having these issues, make sure to try and stay patient, re-open the app, and keep trying to get in. If you’re on PC, and this still doesn’t work, try the suggestion above, which involves closing a subprocess via task manager.

Hopefully, the Halo Infinite black screen issue will be resolved soon, as the first multiplayer technical preview only runs until August 1. For more on Halo, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: 343 Industries

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Cold War July 29 update patch notes: Mauer der Toten fixes, Season 5 teaser & more

A new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War went live on July 29, and we have all of the exciting patch notes covered for you.

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Season 4 has been an exciting time for the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but the latest update for the popular game on July 29 is setting the stage for Season 5, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.

Black Ops Cold War has undergone plenty of changes during Season 4 with the arrival of the new Mauer der Toten Zombies map, a new wonder weapon, and more.

However, this has not stopped Treyarch Studios from providing updates to the first-person shooter, with the latest Cold War update rolling out on July 29.

This Cold War July 29 update has plenty of exciting things for players to witness, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you so that you do not miss anything.

Black Ops Cold War July 29 update patch notes

Black Ops Cold War July 29 update patch notes

NEW GUNFIGHT TOURNAMENT, COLLATERAL 24/7 + MORE

A new Gunfight Tournament arrives this week with all-new, exclusive rewards to earn by fighting your way through all four rounds of the tournament with your duo partner. Remember, if you haven’t unlocked the rewards from previous Gunfight Tournaments, you can still jump in and earn previous rewards by winning your way through multiple brackets.

We’re delivering Collateral Combined Arms 24/7 this week for everyone to jump into a mix of massive, vehicle-fueled battles on our latest 12v12 map. 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only12v12 Moshpit, Face Off 6v6, and more also continue in this week’s Featured Playlists, and we’ve also added Sat-Link to the Multi-Team Moshpit playlist for even more variety for 40-player fans.

In Zombies, today’s update also brings a new collection of stability fixes and gameplay improvements, including fixes for issues with the Main Quest and Klaus in “Mauer der Toten,” unresponsive Mimics in “Firebase Z,” various stability issues, and more. And for Campaign players, we’ve fixed a rare crash that could occur when reaching checkpoints in the single-player story.

SEASON FIVE APPROACHES…

Having broken cover with Jackal’s all-out assault on a US ground station and the subsequent destruction of the Jumpseat satellite constellation, Perseus continues to press their advantage. Using a dead drop, the critical data stolen by Wraith and Knight is passed to an Operator with the unique skills required to execute Stitch’s endgame.

Watch the official Season Four Outro Cinematic and get ready for what’s coming next. Things are about to heat up in Black Ops Cold War and across Verdansk…

DOUBLE WEAPON XP WEEKEND

Get ready to level up your entire arsenal all weekend long as Double Weapon XP Weekend begins in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Jump in and get on the grind, starting at 10AM PT Friday, July 30th through August 2nd.

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

ZOMBIES

“Mauer der Toten”

  • Main Quest
    • Addressed an issue that prevented a quest item from dropping when the Megaton was killed by the Ghost Train.
  • Klaus
    • Addressed an issue that caused Klaus to become unresponsive until he recharged after he used melee on a zombie while he completed a quest step.
    • Addressed an issue that caused Klaus to deploy for a shorter duration than expected after previously activating a side quest while he was deployed.
  • Enemies
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused the Krasny Soldat to stop chasing players between buildings.

“Firebase Z”

  • Enemies
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused the Mimic to become unresponsive.

Onslaught (PlayStation®)

  • Addressed an issue that could often cause enemies to stop spawning during an Onslaught Accelerated match.

Stability

  • Fixed rare stability issues related to Klaus, the RAI-K 84, and the “Mauer der Toten” Main Quest.

Apply Blueprints  

  • Addressed an issue that caused loss of functionality when using the Apply Blueprint feature in conjunction with ziplines.

UI

  • Added distance tracking info to several in-world waypoints icons.

Featured Playlists

  • Mauer der Toten
  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Accelerated (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Rush (PlayStation)

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Added Sat-Link to the Multi-Team Moshpit playlist.

Featured Playlists

  • Gunfight Tournament [NEW]
  • Collateral Combined Arms 24/7
  • NukeJacked 24/7
  • 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only
  • Face Off 6v6
  • 12v12 Moshpit
  • Cranked Moshpit
  • Party Games
  • Multi-Team

CAMPAIGN

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash when reaching checkpoints.

Source: Treyarch Studios

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