Activision Announces Call of Duty World League
Pro League Update
Activision officially confirmed the release date for the inaugural Call of Duty World League on its blog. Launching on January 24, 2020, the league will host competitors from each of the 12 professional Call of Duty teams. The Minnesota Rokkr will host the event at the local armory, and the format will follow a 5-versus-5 match play. Teams will play all matches on Playstation 4, which is an interesting choice. Given The XBOX 1 is the most popular console for shooters, Activision is hedging its bet with Sony.
Activision also announced a new twist to the world league. In addition to the pro teams, amatuer gamers will compete for a chance to face the pros in a new tournament format. Launching alongside the World League, the Call of Duty Challenger’s Open will feature gamers from around the world. Activision will pair amateur gamers with each other to compete in a March madness-style format. Activision will allow the winners to face off against the pros at a later date. As this format is set to launch in November 2019, gamers can begin to compete and rise up the online ladders and tournaments. Players can find a full list of events here.
The specific Call of Duty Challengers updates include the following:
- Total prize pool for the Challengers events is over $1 million
- Activision will award points to teams based on the performance in the online Challenger events
- The online events will open on November 2, 2019, and the first amateur tournament will begin on November 9, 2019
- Seeding for the first event is based on points from the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 season
As December draws near, it will be interesting to see how much popularity Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 draws. Activision has said that it plans on releasing a new CoD every year; therefore, time will tell if Modern Warfare 2019 becomes the best selling CoD game.
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