Charity Tournament Delayed After Activision Denies Access to Warzone | Kotaku UK
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Last week, esports organisations 100 Thieves announced Gamers for Equality, “a 4-week Warzone tournament series to support organisations furthering racial equality.” Last night, the company announced that the competition, due to begin today, had been delayed after Activision refused to allow 100 Thieves to use the Call of Duty battle royale.
In a follow-up tweet, the esports org said that “unfortunately, Activision has denied our request to use Warzone for this charity tournament so we’ll need to postpone Gamers for Equality.” Alternative solutions are in the works, although it’s not clear what form those will take.Unfortunately, Activision has denied our request to use Warzone for this charity tournament so we’ll need to postpone Gamers For Equality.We hope to still host this tournament and are working to find alternative solutions.https://t.co/rZAeYIMCQj
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) June 17, 2020
While it’s not a great look for Activision on the surface, the reality might run a little deeper.According to esports industry insider Rod Breslau, the publisher told 100 Thieves that they could run the tournament without the attachment of its two sponsors “a week ago,” but that 100T refused.The initial announcement is also said to have been made without consulting Activision.
Despite the apparent confusion, Activision remains in a slightly awkward position, as some players are now criticising its decision to feature Black Lives Matter messaging on Warzone loading screens, but refusing to allow the use of its game in an anti-racism charity tournament.