Adin Ross calls out Activision for banning ‘brand risk’ from Call of Duty

Adin Ross calls out Activision for banning ‘brand risk’ from Call of Duty
Image via Kick @AdinRoss | Activision

Written by 

Jack Marsh


13th May 2024 18:38

Call of Duty recently united the streamer world in a massive collaboration, as FaZe Clan star "Kaysan" hosted a tournament with some of the biggest names on YouTube, Twitch, and Kick.

The event hosted names such as Kick Co-founder Tyler "Trainwrecks" Niknam and streamer extraordinaire Felix "xQc" Lengyel. While it did end up with some controversy in the Grand Final with Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag calling BS on a technical game restart, the Modern Warfare 3 tournament was a blast.

But one long-time CoD fan turned general streamer who wanted to play, but couldn't, was Adin Ross, and now the Kick personality has taken a swipe at Activision.

Adin Ross fumes at Activision after being named a "brand risk"


All Call of Duty tournaments over a certain monetary threshold must be approved by Activision, who often put a stop to certain personalities being involved or preventing full Call of Duty League teams from participating.

Adin Ross has now claimed that this was the case for him and Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff who have reportedly been labelled as a "brand risk".

"Because you didn't invite me or NICKMERCS, I want to tell you this right now f**k you," Ross exploded in a recent live stream.

"I've been playing CoD for years. The fact that you ban people and give a f**k about what people say is crazy. Call of Duty, you are known for having game chats that are toxic. They said no to me and Nick because we are 'brand risks'," he added.

Adin Ross wants to hold his own $100k Call of Duty tournament

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After saying that he felt like "that meme where Spongebob and Patrick are playing through the window", Ross has now claimed that he's going to try and get rappers together to play in a $100k tournament on CoD without having Activision's green light.

The streamer identified streamers like Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff, Darren "iShowSpeed" Watkins, and Herschel "Dr Disrespect" Baehm as candidates to bolster the teams as rappers such as Chris Brown and 21 Savage.

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Ross might have just poked the bear though when it comes to hosting events on Activision's games, and it might not fancy facing the wrath of the Microsoft lawyers.

Jack Marsh
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Jack Marsh
Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.
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