Professionalism; or lack thereof

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By the time you will be reading this, one of the most pathetic events in the Competitive Call of Duty scene will have just ended. Impact Karma, one fourth of the Call of Duty Championship winning Team Impact, just set back the Call of Duty community back to square one with an embarrassing lack of judgement.

Karma spent a few hours streaming early Thursday morning after a night of heavy drinking. He took cheap verbal shots throughout the night at fellow professional player OpTic NadeShot, saying:

I’m better than NadeShot hammered, how the Fu*%k do you feel NadeShot?

Oh look at this guy, he think’s he’s NadeShot, he thinks he’s good!

Embarrassing. Embarrassing for Karma, for Team Impact, for 360 Icons who just picked up Impact for MLG Anaheim, and for the Call of Duty community as a whole. This just brings to light a terrible trend in the Call of Duty community where sponsors are failing to hold their players to a high professional standard, and come down hard on them when players make a mockery of the community and the sponsors who keep it running. It’s common for Call of Duty Pro’s to go on twitter rampages calling out anyone and everyone in profanity laced tweets, or to call each other out in a negative way, also known as “roasting”, each other in live streamed competitive pickup matches, and none of this ridiculous behavior has been met with repercussions from a sponsor.

I’m sure at some point we’ve all done what Karma did tonight, you go out and have fun, make mistakes, and regret it later, it happens, and Karma isn’t the only one at fault here. He is a product of the environment that the community deems acceptable. Until sponsors start revoking and dropping players for behavior that poorly represents their brands, incidents like these, that reflect poorly on the Call of Duty community as whole, will continue to happen.

Update: As of 3:22 AM EST Karma’s twitch account was flagged for inappropriate content.


Team Impact announcement on Tuesday

Chris “Parasite” Duarte, captain of the Call of Duty Championship winning Team Impact, announced via twitter last night that there will be an announcement coming from his team on Tuesday. It is speculated that Impact will debut a new team logo designed by Trinity Studios, a popular graphic design and branding company.

Late Sunday night after tweeting there will be an announcement about Team Impact on Tuesday, Parasite tweeted out a picture of a computer monitor with what seemed to be a new gaming oriented logo on it, that tweet and others to Nick Scuilla, Founder and owner of Trinity Studios were deleted shortly afterwards.

There is also speculation about a possible sponsorship announcement accompanying the new logo. UMG St. Louis, the first LAN that took place after the Call of Duty Championships, was the last time Impact was associated with a gaming organization. Previously, Impact had been a fully sponsored team under Fariko, a Dutch based gaming community. Although there isn’t much transparency on the specifics of contracts between organizations and professional gaming teams or players, Impact allegedly left Fariko because of the large percentage of the grand prize winnings Fariko is thought to have been owed as part of their sponsorship agreement at the time.

Since leaving Fariko, Parasite has been adamant that Impact will not be joining an organization, but will be looking to build and develop Impact as a brand.  He’s confirmed that Impact had been working with gaming branding experts Evil Geniuses who are known for their work in the eSports scene for games like League of Legends and the Starcraft series, but a deal that would have seen Evil Geniuses create a logo, website, and negotiate sponsorships for Impact eventually fell through.

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Team Impact seems to have everything going for them right now. They are reigning champions of Call of Duty, domination all competition this season. They have one of the largest and fastest growing social media presence, but they lack the proper branding and marketing. So far we know that a new logo will be coming out, but the closer we get to MLG Anaheim, the next major LAN tournament, the sooner an announcement has to come from Impact and their leader Parasite about who will be sponsoring them. I reached out to Parasite about the possibility of a return to Fariko for MLG Anaheim, he responded with “not happening.”

I guess we’ll find out (or maybe not yet) on Tuesday.