Call of Duty League referee caught scrubbing dishes mid-match

Call of Duty League referee caught scrubbing dishes mid-match
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


26th Feb 2024 17:10

Online Call of Duty is supposed to be bread and butter stuff. We've all played CoD online for the better part of two decades. Any slip-ups in competitions, you would expect that it would be due to LAN circumstances.

Yet the professional Call of Duty League has always suffered when played online. In its inaugural year, ping differentials and a lack of servers gave different teams an unfair advantage. In other years gone by, players have been booted offline mid-series, and the League has failed to give a replay option. 

And now, the league officials are causing more mayhem, as the work-from-home vibes have taken over. 

CDL Referee called out for doing the dishes mid-series


All Call of Duty League referees have to be in the lobby where they can listen to both teams' communication in case there is an issue to report (which is quite common with online play and the typically unstable Call of Duty servers).

But in this weekend's match between Boston Breach and New York Subliners, one referee, who has not been named, left their microphone unmuted as they opted to clean their dishes mid-match.

Boston player Obaid "Asim" Asim took to Twitter to post a clip of the comms that they could hear, which included the surge of a tap followed by the clinging of ceramic and steel.

Asim claimed the debacle went on for quite some time during the first match and inferred that it caused Breach to blow their 100-point lead on the Hardpoint, Skidrow match.

Call of Duty League reacts to CDL ref getting their chores in

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The clip posted by Asim, the player can be heard shouting, "Ref, mute your f**king mic please," although the player claims that the noise "went much longer than this."

"This is insane," commented OpTic player Brandon "Dashy" Otell. "I tried calling out the garage pinch," said fellow Boston teammate Eric "Snoopy" Perez, inferring that the referee drowned that sound out. Other professional players and community figures looped in with an echo of "LMAO".

For Breach, the series quickly spiralled down to a 3-0 loss, where it is a shame the referee couldn't have cooked them up a winning recipe but rather washed down their hopes of scrubbing any suds off the Subliners' backs.

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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