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Call of Duty Pro Calls on Activision to Revert to PlayStation and Xbox for Competitive Gaming

Published 01/31/2021, 11:23 AM EST

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The Call of Duty League made major changes for the 2021 season. First, it switched over to Black Ops Cold War from Modern Warfare. Second, it adopted a 4v4 structure moving on from the 5v5 one. However, the final and the most major change was the decision to switch to PC from consoles.

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Gone was the PlayStation and Xbox era when Activision announced that the 2021 season will take up PC with league-approved controllers. A lot of fans were left disappointed as the studio made such a major change. While the studio did not make a full transition to PC by avoiding mouse and keyboard, it shut down a huge community.


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Call of Duty League 2021 PC switch is encouraging hacking

As Activision made the announcement, many people were wary of the decision. The biggest concern looming over their head was the fact that this would encourage hacking. Hacking, while not impossible, is highly improbable on consoles. However, with PCs, it fairly easier.

CDL can easily monitor hacking in LAN events. However, online challengers and other events also follow the same format since the championship will happen on PC + Controller. There will be no way to monitor this, especially with the lack of a decent anti-cheat in Call of Duty games.


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Fans had predicted correctly, as since Call of Duty tournaments started getting back on track, the cases of cheating have increased steadily. Professional COD player Censor, in a recent tweet, stressed the failure of this move. He said that moving forward; there are only two options. Option one is the league and other tournaments reverting to either the PlayStation or Xbox.


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Option two is Activision investing in a better anti-cheat. As past events dictate, it is clear that option two is less probable than Raven Software fixing the infinite stim glitch in Warzone. Therefore, it could ruin the experience for many players trying to make it big in Call of Duty.


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Given the urgency of the situation, the only way forward is to revert to either the PlayStation or the Xbox. The studio is already in an exclusive deal with Sony. Therefore, they could easily go back to conducting the league on the new PS5. Hopefully, Activision recognizes the issue early on and makes the necessary move.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy


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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.
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