Whalers Esports Titles
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Overwatch Path to Pro
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) expands upon the team-based action gameplay that the franchise pioneered when it was launched 12 years ago. The game pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives, the Terrorists, must plant the bomb and if successful defend bomb at the objectives "A" or "B", while the Counter-Terrorists must prevent the bomb from being planted by defending the objectives eliminating the Terrorists or defusing the planted bomb. In addition to third-party organizations like ESL, Faceit, ESEA, CEVO and others alike that host CS:GO tournaments, Valve organizes or co-sponsors a series of events itself, referred to as 'Majors'. These events are special in that they have large prize pools, which are crowdfunded by the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community via the in-game purchases, such as keys and special in-game cosmetics, usually in the form of team and player stickers that can be applied onto weapons, and graffiti which can be sprayed anywhere in maps during each round.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. Serving as the sixteenth overall installment in the Call of Duty series, as well as a reboot of the Modern Warfare sub-series, it was released on October 25, 2019, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
The game takes place in a realistic and modern setting. The campaign follows a CIA officer and British SAS forces as they team up with rebels from the fictional country of Urzikstan, combating together against Russian forces who have invaded the country. The game's Special Ops mode features cooperative play missions that follow up the campaign's story. The multiplayer mode supports cross-platform multiplayer for the first time in the series. It has been reworked for gameplay to be more tactical and introduces new features, such as a Realism mode that removes the HUD as well as a form of the Ground War mode that now supports 64 players.
Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting one of 24 pre-defined characters, called heroes, each with unique movement, attributes, and abilities, whose roles are divided into four categories: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time. Players gain cosmetic rewards that do not affect gameplay, such as character skins and victory poses, as they play the game. The game was initially launched with casual play, with a competitive ranked mode, various 'arcade' game modes, and a player-customizable server browser subsequently included following its release. Additionally, Blizzard has developed and added new characters, maps, and game modes post-release, while stating that all Overwatch updates will remain free, with the only additional cost to players being microtransactions to earn additional cosmetic rewards.