Two UK players have won the grand final of the KFC Royale Call of Duty: Black Ops 4: Blackout tournament.
The competition – in partnership with Call of Duty UK – took place last Sunday and saw 16 teams go head-to-head.
Spratt and WarsZ conquered the competitive pack defeating Syndicate and Sebi in the final, following a bracket that saw the pair overcome 5 rounds of competition.
In a best of 3, the final saw the winning pair lose their first match but then strive on, winning the final two matches and claiming a £15,000 share of the £50,000 prize pool (WarsZ) and a lifetime supply of KFC (Spratt). Organisers say more than 20,000 watched the final live online.
The event brought together 16 of the UK’s biggest creators such as Syndicate, MiniLadd, Vikkstar123 and Gaz Beadle from Geordie Shore to do battle for the number one spot. Each creator acted as a mentor and coach to their community members.
Community members previously battled it out over 5 weeks in a series of qualifying rounds for the chance to duo with their favourite creator and take their place in the final.
“From watching my future duo battle it out in the qualifiers, to the hours of practice we put in after, I was confident we could put up a good fight.”
WarsZ actually lost in the final of the first ever KFC Royale qualifier with Zerkaa, then battled on through a further 5 qualifiers to reach the KFC Royale grand finals.
Spratt said: “From watching my future duo battle it out in the qualifiers, to the hours of practice we put in after, I was confident we could put up a good fight.
“Running through the winners’ bracket and clutching up the grand finals was an unreal feeling. £15k and a lifetime supply of KFC at the end of it all? Well that’s just the cherry on top.
“A huge thank you to KFC and Activision for hosting an incredible opportunity for Blackout players across the UK.”
£15,000 for him and a lifetime supply of KFC for me…
What a tournament, so many insane plays. Just wow… ?
— OpTic Spratt (@Spratt) February 24, 2019
WarsZ added: “I’m speechless to be honest. The fact I even got into something like this is mind blowing. The prize is one thing, but I think the main thing is meeting all of these new people who I’ve always wanted to meet. I’ve made some awesome friends and I can’t wait to see what comes next. This tournament made my dream come true!”
WarsZ walked away with £15,000 of the £50,000 pool with the rest of the prize money shared amongst the remaining community members. Spratt also received a KFC Black Card.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
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