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.

SoaR Pro Roster Rollercoaster

SoaR, a professional Call of Duty organization, made three roster changes in less than 20 hours this week. SoaR Methodz, SoaR Pro captain had a busy few days keeping his twitter followers up to date with his teams revolving door of roster changes that included Replays, Ricky, and Complex.

Methodz shed some insight as to what happened with the roster changes on Sunday’s “TheWRant” talkshow:

“Complex right now is on the Roster… Here’s the position we’re at:  The “team builder” (An official pro team roster with MLG)  was me Lawless, Mboze, and Fluff. Your allowed to drop one player from the team builder between Dallas and Anaheim. We decided to drop Fluff just because Fluff was defiant and wouldn’t send an email, so Lawless sent it, and Complex join the team builder. So it was me, Mboze, and Complex only. Then we picked up Replays, so Replays joined. Then I thought Complex left the team and then Ricky joined… Complex submitted the F/A (Free Agent) file. He filed for F/A, and they put his order on hold. So basically we’re at the point right now where, if Complex gets off this team then theres a high chance we lose our Champ Bracket seed (For Anaheim). And i’m not, the teams not willing to lose our sixth seed  to go through open bracket for one player, it’s not going to happen. I dont want to drop Ricky, I like our roster of me Ricky, Mboze, and Replays. But when there’s something where we’re forced to lose our seed and have to go through open bracket  all again after we’ve  proved ourselves and we’ve proved that we’ve deserved this seed, it’s just not worth it.”

So from Methodz telling of what happened, here’s a more organized sequence of events:

1. SoaR picks up Complex

2. SoaR picks up Replays

3. Complex “leaves” SoaR

3. SoaR picks up Ricky

5. SoaR drops Ricky for Complex due to loss of Championship Seed

Methodz would later confirm the SoaR roster on twitter of himself, Mboze, Replays, and Complex.

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Twitch.tv partners with Turtle Beach

Gaming audio manufacturer Turtle Beach has partnered with Twitch.tv, one of the worlds leading live streaming platforms. Twitch VP of Marketing & Communications Matthew DiPietro wrote in a blogpost yesterday that, ” You’ll see Turtle Beach products at Twitch-sponsored eSports and other video game events around the world.” The blog post specifically mentions Turtle Beach XP SEVEN and Z SEVEN headsets, the new class of “tournament grade” headsets from Turtle Beach.

Turtle Beach will also be featuring Twitch.tv streams on their website, with MLG Events, Call of Duty Championships, and DreamHack confirmed live streams being confirmed.