Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Dallas Empire pro and Call of Duty legend, has shared his concerns about the future of the competitive scene after the Black Ops Cold War. He highlights the shift to PC and lack of theater mode as potential problems.
The CDL offseason has, as fans have become accustomed to, thrown up a series of changes before the second season began in 2021. Major organizational changes have seen the Chicago Huntsmen replaced with OpTic Chicago, back in the hands of H3CZ, and Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves now own LA series. One of the biggest changes, however, is that the platform’s competitive matches are now being played.
In recent seasons, each player would compete on a PlayStation 4. That will change in the coming season, with players now allowed to compete on the PC while using controllers. This means that better graphic quality, higher frame rate and games can run more smoothly, but it also comes with major drawbacks ̵
The ability to cheat has largely left the top level of competitive CoD unaffected, but the CDL Challengers have experienced major problems with various tournament results being investigated among the allegations of cheating.
On January 10, the Crimix veteran from the Dallas Empire weighed in with his views, explaining that it is a major concern for competitive Call of Duty to move forward. “If Activision does not want to invest the money in creating an anti-cheat for Call of Duty, and since the next COD is not made by Treyarch (which means that theater mode is very unlikely) … Any competitive COD below Pro League level will be dead at the release of the new game. ”
Many gamers – both informal and competitive – have asked Activision to improve its anti-cheat systems. Not only have CDL Challengers had problems with cheating, but Warzone’s major problems with hackers are well documented.
In Black Ops Cold War, the presence of theater mode allows players to review the gameplay and identify fraudsters. CoD titles not developed by Treyarch, however, do not tend to include this mode, and Crim is clearly concerned that this will allow scammers to get away with the behavior.
If Activision does not want to invest the money in making an anti-cheat for Call of Duty, and since the next COD is not made by Treyarch (which means that theater mode is highly unlikely) …….
Any competitive COD below the Pro League level will be dead after the release of the new game.
– Empire C6 (@Crimsix) January 10, 2021
Similar calls were made by two-time world champion ACHES, who also criticized Activision for their lack of implementation of a robust anti-cheat system.
Idk who cheats or who does not. But it is inconceivable to me that in an esports in 2021 with so much money invested that it is still possible to cheat. Where’s a half decent anti cheat ?!
– PATTYP (@ACHES) January 10, 2021
When asked what led to the move from console gaming to PC, Crim explained that he believes Activision was able to make more money through the switch.
“They did it to get around the percentage that MS / Sony takes from microtransactions / DLC / etc,” he said. Activision also does not have to pay MS / Sony for CDL hosting rights on a platform. Financially, it is an incredible move for them. Rumor has it that the platform cut was 33-50%. ”
Although the measure has made economic sense for Activision, it currently hinders fair play at many levels of competitive CoD. Meanwhile, talks about Activision to sort out CoD’s snowball cheating problems will continue to grow.