COD Warzone introduces much awaited private matches for competitive tournaments

Call of Duty: Warzone esports are about to get much more intriguing after the latest patch added support for private matches. The feature is in beta and, at the outset, you’ll need at least 50 players to start a battle royale match, 30 players for a plunder game and 24 gamers to drop into a mini battle royale. You’ll be able to play with squads in the battle royale and plunder modes.

Private matches are a long-requested feature in Call of Duty: Warzone and have been rumored since the launch of the game. Modern Warfare’s custom matches allow players to change almost every aspect of the game, creating their own game modes and rulesets. So far there is no information on the extent of customization options for Warzone private matches.

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It’s likely that Warzone’s competitive scene will evolve with the addition of private matches. Currently, competitive Warzone mostly consists of ‘kill races.’ Popularised in Fortnite, players attempt to get more eliminations than their competitors over one or two public games of Warzone. These are extremely popular on Twitch and YouTube, with some competitors reaching 100k viewers. The tournaments take place in public matches so there is no safeguard against ‘stream snipers’ and cheaters.

Streamers and professional players will have the option to host their own private tournaments which are likely to pave the way for a competitive Warzone scene. As seen by the CDL’s Warzone Weekends, gameplay in these competitive matches will be severely slowed down. With every player being a skilled professional and money on the line, players are much more careful and deliberate.

The mode requires various player counts to start the match and there are currently three modes available, those include:

· BR – 50 players required to start (also has squad variations).

· Plunder – 30 players required to start (also has squad variations).

· Mini BR – 24 players required

While the addition of private matches is welcome, the minimum player count means it won’t be immediately accessible to all. Perhaps over time Infinity Ward will lower the requirement so more people get to mess about with the battle royale.