Call of Duty Esports relying on Gentleman’s Agreements again
Once again competitive Call of Duty players find themselves in that tricky situation of working around a gentleman’s agreement. In the past four years, this has slowly become a huge factor in each season of competitive Call of Duty. Starting in Advanced Warfare back in 2014.
A gentleman’s agreement is whenever professional players agree on a ruleset that differs from the official COD World League ruleset that has been provided. They make these changes as they believe that certain items or abilities in the game should be removed due to not having a competitive nature; however, developers opt to keep them in for more entertaining gameplay for newer fans.
The issue with such an agreement is that not all teams will follow through with it, meaning that your team could regularly practice on one ruleset and then have to play using another in a tournament. There have even been cases of teams lying, and essentially cheating their way to wins in matches. They achieve this by agreeing to play to the gentleman’s agreement and then whenever it gets down to the thick of it they will begin to use the “banned” items which the other team isn’t prepared for.
One of the biggest names in Call of Duty spoke out about this issue a couple of days ago and had received a mixed response since. Seth “Scump” Abner is a professional player for Optic Gaming and has won over 20 championships in his career. He has voiced how teams are now refusing to practice against them as they do not agree with everything that has been placed in the gentleman’s agreement. The main issue being the grapple hook that the specialist character “Ruin” gets in every game (being the only specialist in the game to have this). Optic often uses this grappling hook, which allows a player to travel to virtually any reachable spot in the game quickly, and teams are beginning to despise them because of this.
We will have to wait and see how the Gentleman’s Agreement grows this season and if any teams get placed on a blacklist because of it.