Activision Responds to Backlash After Scheduling Warzone Tournament During Charity Event

The Call of Duty: Warzone social team is responding to complaints after Activision scheduled a tournament on the same day as a previously announced Warzone charity event raising funds to provide meals to refugees in Ukraine.

There is no lack of drama in the Warzone scene. Just a week after a pro was accused of cheating during a $100,000 tournament, a new situation has emerged on CoD’s social media. This time, however, it’s about… scheduling issues.

Weeks ago, XSET content creators announced a $5,000 charity tournament scheduled for March 17th. The event called for donations to the World Central Kitchen, which is currently feeding refugees in Ukraine.

On March 15th, two days before the scheduled charity event, eFuse announced a $40,000 St. Patty’s Plunder Party for the exact same day. This immediately led to a series of complaints, which CoD’s community team has since responded to.

Activision called for planning a tournament during a charity event

XSET’s NuMbeR1Girl was one of the first to respond to the announcement of St. Patty’s. She responded with a link to the final teams for her charity tournament, along with a disappointed “C’mon guys.”

Other answered in kind. Swishem of the New York Subliners called the situation “fkd,” noting that “there’s always a charity tournament and someone wants to run their own on the same day.”

Another echoed this sentiment: “I’ve seen this for the fourth or fifth time. Ridiculous.”

Those complaints were apparently heard loud and clear as CoD’s social team responded by telling the community to “think before you tweet”.

The CoD team responds to the setbacks in planning Warzone charities

Two members of the CoD team’s influencer relations team responded to the backlash on Twitter. One, “Shaniece,” urged that “fans think before they tweet.” The other, “Ashley Wise,” explained that those not involved in Activision’s planning process “run the risk of being counter-programmed.”

Wise went on to say that “all events should be approved by Activision,” meaning tournaments of any size can work with the company to schedule safely.

Shaniece emphasized that the St. Patty’s event was planned months in advance and wanted the community to know that “we’re here to work WITH you.” With this in mind, they are currently in discussion with XSET Bartonologist about possible solutions to the “counter-programming” of scheduling. Activision Responds to Backlash After Scheduling Warzone Tournament During Charity Event

Emma Bowman

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