Activision moves further into eSports with ‘Call of Duty League’
Activision has announced a new ‘Call of Duty League‘ – an official eSports tournament – which is set to launch a world tour sometime in 2020.
It will be a global, city-based competition that will feature 12 professional teams representing a total of 11 markets across North America and Europe.
Throughout its inaugural season the stars will vie for supremacy in five-versus-five Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer matches exclusively on PlayStation 4.
The eSports players will travel across the world from city to city all the while going head-to-head to become the champions while also netting a sizeable $6 million prize pool.
On the website, teams will derive from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, London, Los Angeles (KSE), Los Angeles (IGC), Minnesota, New York, Paris, Seattle and Toronto.
The competition is likely to gather significant traction considering the prize pool – for reference one of the most popular first-person shooter titles in eSports is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive which has never seen a winners’ pot greater than $1.5 million.
Activision’s league – if successful – could rapidly propel the Call of Duty franchise to the forefront of eSports.
Its decision to ensure that teams travel between the 12 cities on offer is indicative that it will rely heavily on marketing and generating revenue from ticket sales as well as event promotion.
It won’t just be physical ticket sales that the publisher will be relying on either, it will need to attract a massive audience online as well.
With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare set for release on October 25, fans can expect more details to emerge on the upcoming eSports league post launch.
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