Activision has announced that the Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 was the most viewed Call of Duty esports event in history. The CWL Championship took place at Call of Duty XP, Activision’s biggest fan celebration for Call of Duty September 1-4.
Activision says the peak viewership record was 40% higher than the previous records set at Stage 1 Finals and previous
Broadcast across five languages, the worldwide peak concurrent viewership topped the previous record for Call of Duty esports events by more than 40%, including previous COD Championship and Stage Finals. Combined the Call of Duty Championship matches surpassed more than 20 million views.
“Sunday’s Finals were the perfect conclusion to the biggest fan celebration in our history with Call of Duty XP and to the debut season of the CWL,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty, Activision. “With over 1,000 teams participating from all over the globe, it came down to the final two elite squads, one from North America and one from Europe. It was an epic, raucous finale that capped an incredible weekend of action that was watched around the world by millions. We cannot thank the Call of Duty community enough for their support, it has been incredible all year long.”
Team Envy won the 2016 Call of Duty World League Championship, which had the highest prize pool for Call of Duty esports ever at $2 million. In the end of the inguarual season of the CWL, Activision says they’ve handed out over $3.5 million.
Activision also announced that fan engagement online was the highest ever during the Call of Duty XP event.