Twin Galaxies was able to sit down with COD pro player Richard “Ricky” Stacy during the CWL Atlanta and he had some interesting thoughts on H1Z1.
H1Z1 was the king of the Battle Royale genre for years, but with the recent rise of popularity of Playerunknowns Battlegrounds and Fortnite H1Z1 saw a major dip in their playerbase. However, with the recent news of the Daybreak’s Battle Royale title entering the free to play realm and major announcements regarding the upcoming H1Z1 Pro League being made public, the overall interest in H1Z1 has risen. This has led to a major increase in the game’s playerbase and has provided a influx of optimism for the game’s future. While at the Call of Duty World League Atlanta Open this past weekend, we were able to talk about these recent developments for H1Z1 and past experience with the game with Richard “Ricky” Stacy, who competed at the event with eRa Eternity and is a long time H1Z1 player.
You have mentioned that you considered to play H1Z1 professionally. Could you tell us a little more about that?
“In our offseason we had a three-month break, and I played H1Z1 almost every day for hours on end. Many pro players were in touch with me back then, and I did consider playing (H1Z1) professionally for a while. I thought H1Z1 was such a fun game, and the whole concept of Battle Royale is amazing.”
With H1Z1 becoming free to play and the upcoming H1Z1 Pro League, do you see yourself coming back to try your hand at playing the game professionally?
“I wouldn’t consider leaving again if things weren’t so bright right now in Call of Duty, as I am in the Pro League, so I do not see myself switching anytime soon. I do feel though that H1Z1 as a whole is a great game and has a great community behind it.”
With the recent decline of H1Z1, due to the rise of Player Unknowns Battlegrounds and Fortnite, do you believe that H1Z1 will make it back to the top?
“I feel like H1Z1 was the beginning of all Battle Royale games. It had a peak for a while and then went on its decline. PUBG has been the same with a ton of players playing it at one point, but with Fortnite now taking over it has seen a bit of a decline. It seems that these new BR games are coming in and taking the spotlight, while leaving the older ones in the dust a little bit.”
As someone who plays both Call of Duty and H1Z1 at a high level, do you see any similarities between competing in the two games?
“I feel as though there are no similarities between playing Call of Duty and H1, as they have different game types and game modes. You have H1Z1 where you only have one life and if you die you are out of the match, while in Call of Duty people are dying 40 to 50 times a map. It is crazy to think about the two different game types, but H1Z1 is a very fun experience.”
While fans will most likely not see Ricky competing in the H1Z1 Pro League, one of the founding fathers of Battle Royale games will always hold a special spot in the gaming career of this professional esports athlete.