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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.


Original Story:

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)

Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone October 15 update patch notes: Iron Trials ’84 Trios, new Tac Sprint settings, more

Raven Software has rolled out the Warzone October 15 update patch notes, and they include Iron Trials Trios and a change to Tactical Sprint.

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Warzone October 15 update patch notes

The Warzone October 15 update patch notes have officially arrived, and they are bringing Iron Trials ’84 Trios to the Call of Duty battle royale and a major accessibility change when it comes to available settings for Tactical Sprint.

Warzone Season 6 has brought plenty of changes to the Call of Duty battle royale, such as significant map changes, the M1 Garand and STG44 weapons from Call of Duty: Vanguard, and more.

However, Raven Software is still updating the popular game, with the Warzone October 15 update patch notes being the latest set of changes for the fan-favorite Call of Duty game.

Here is everything you need to know about the Warzone October 15 update patch notes.

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Warzone October 15 update patch notes

Weekend-Exclusive Playlist – Iron Trials ‘84 Trios

Last weekend, we let you pick your 3 best squad mates. This weekend, you only choose 2. Time to decide who made the cut!

This Weekend-Exclusive Playlist went live earlier today at 10 AM PST and will remain live through Monday, October 11th, at 10 AM PST.


Adjustments:

The same changes that were implemented for Quads last week will be applied to the Trios version of Iron Trials ‘84.

Below is a recap:

  • Buy Station
    • Specialist Token has been removed.
  • Equipment
    • Medical Syringe now heals 25% faster.
  • Gulag
    • Loadouts have been updated.
    • Loadout primary Weapon Attachments increased from 2 to 3.
  • Loot
    • Specialist Token now drops on death.
    • Classified Weapons have been updated.
    • Foresight has been added as an exceedingly rare drop.
  • Player
    • Base health regen speed has been increased.
  • Vehicles
    • Tac Rovers have been enabled.
  • Weapons
    • Sniper Rifle headshot down distance increased to 50 meters.
    • Sniper Rifle headshot damage beyond 50 meters has been increased from 300 to 325.

Accessibility

Warzone tactical Sprint Accessibility settings
  • Tactical Sprint
    • Tactical Sprint allows players to eliminate the need for a double tap on analog sticks. This option is intended to support Fine Motor Accessibility. This menu option is located within the Controller tab of the Options and Accessibility Options menu.
    • The setting has 3 options:
      • Double Tap: Double tap to Tactical Sprint (default)
      • Single Tap from Sprint: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while sprinting
      • Single Tap from Run: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while running

We want players to be able to use Tactical Sprint strategically without the need to choose between Auto Tac Sprint and the physical pain associated with repeated quick presses of the left / right analog sticks. The option to Single Tap from Run gives players the ability to use a single button press to go from basic speed to Tactical Sprint. The Single Tap from Sprint option allows players to opt to use a single button press to go from Run to Sprint, and then another single button press to go from Sprint to Tactical Sprint. Each of the available choices allow players to customize their button functionality and balance that against individual gameplay style and noise associated with player movement. 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing Custom Weapon Modifications to lock Players out of the Armory.
  • Fixed an issue causing incorrect text to appear for the Unlock Criteria text on locked Attachments.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players returning from the Gulag to be incorrectly kicked from a live match for “being AFK”.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to get kicked out of the Look For Party menu when selecting the Start Looking For Party button.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to occasionally experience a client crash while modifying Loadouts during a live match.

Source: Raven Software

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies will feature fan-favorite World at War Zombies map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies’ latest reveal trailer may have hinted at a fan-favorite World at War map returning to the mode.

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The latest news on Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies revealed some exciting developments for a fan-favorite World at War map potentially returning.

Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t too far away now, and players are beginning to get more information about its release, such as the new anti-cheat system and map when it is integrated into Warzone.

As we edge closer, it seems the developers have decided the time was right to release a new trailer for Vanguard’s Zombies mode in the spirit of Halloween.

The trailer didn’t just reveal information and details about the story direction, it also hinted at a fan-favorite map returning.

Call of Duty Vanguard Zombies artwork

Vanguard Zombies will launch with a new mode called “Der Anfang,” which is said to combine the classic round-based format with features seen in Black Ops Cold War‘s Zombies and some new innovative mechanics that haven’t been seen before in Zombies.

As we know, the mode will be created by Treyarch, but in the Vanguard/Modern Warfare engine, and it will carry on the Dark Aether storyline introduced in Cold War.

During the trailer, it’s clear that players will be going through rifts and traveling across various maps to complete challenges.

One of the maps the players in the trailer travel to is a classic from World at War, Shi No Numa.

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In Der Anfang, not only will players be battling hoards of Zombies in areas exclusive to Vanguard, but also the swamps of Shi No Numa, and who knows, maybe even more classic Zombies maps.

Shi No Numa is a great Zombies map to bring back into the Zombies mode for Call of Duty, allowing those new players to experience a classic map and giving those dedicated fans a nostalgia trip.

This particular map was one of the first that helped put Call of Duty Zombies on the map and become the global success it has been over the years, with Vanguard taking the franchise back to World War II and Treyarch leading the development of the game’s Zombies mode. Shi No Numa is a perfect choice for incorporating classic areas into the franchise’s latest game.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, make sure you check out our piece on Warzone players being mad about the STG44’s visual recoil in Warzone Season 6.

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Call of Duty RICOCHET anti-cheat to introduce trusted matchmaking for Warzone & Vanguard

Raven Software and Activision recently revealed more details about the new Warzone anti-cheat, which include plans for trusted matchmaking.

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New information regarding Warzone’s RICOCHET anti-cheat has revealed plans to introduce trusted matchmaking.

Warzone‘s new anti-cheat system called RICOCHET has been trending a lot recently since more information was revealed.

Popular Warzone YouTuber’s and streamers were invited to a briefing of Raven Software and Activision’s, which provided new details about RICOCHET.

One of these new details is about trusted matchmaking, which could drastically improve player experience.

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RICOCHET is set to land in Call of Duty: Warzone once the game has integrated with Vanguard, which releases November 5.

Cheaters and hackers in Warzone have been a severe problem for some time now, with some famous Warzone players like NICKMERCS even leaving for Apex Legends because of it.

The fact that players now have a new anti-cheat to look forward to is excellent, especially as RICOCHET is promising, as it looks to stop as many cheaters and hackers as possible.

RICOCHET anti-cheat trusted matchmaking

One of the RICOCHET anti-cheat features revealed by the developers is called trusted matchmaking, which will potentially reduce the number of hackers in legitimate players’ games drastically.

Trusted matchmaking is RICOCHET collecting data from players and placing them in “trusted” and “untrusted” player pools. If this works, this will place hackers in lobbies with other hackers and legitimate players with those alike.

Further, Activision has also confirmed that even if players are in the “trusted” pool, they will still be monitored and moved to “untrusted” if there’s any suspicious activity, as no player will be immune to the anti-cheats initiatives.

There is plenty of hope in the Call of Duty community that features like trusted matchmaking will allow the RICOCHET anti-cheat system to make hacking extremely difficult for cheaters in Warzone and Vanguard, and while it will never be 100% effective should make the appearance of hackers in lobbies much rarer than currently.

That’s all for the trusted matchmaking in Warzone’s upcoming RICOCHET anti-cheat in what is one of the system’s exciting features to combat hackers.

For more Call of Duty, check out the weapon FaZe Swagg believes can replace every SMG in Warzone Season 6 and what Activision had to say regarding RICOCHET’s ability to combat players using Cronus controllers.

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