The biggest Call of Duty eSports tournament of the year takes place this weekend. 32 teams from 25 countries will compete for the title of World Champion and a lion share of the $1 million prize pool. The 2015 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox kicks off Friday, March 27th. The event starts March 27th at 9AM PT // 12PM ET // 4PM UK time with Group Play.
The event features 8 different groups:
The top two teams from each of the groups will advance to the bracket phase of the tournament.
2015 Call of Duty Championship Prize Pool:
The 2015 Call of Duty Championship will be casted by:
- Chris Puckett
- Ben “Benson” Bowe
- Clint “Maven” Evans
- Matt “Mr. X” Morello
- Oliver “Rel” Whitfield (Europe – UK)
- Alan “Bricey” Brice (Europe – UK)
- Dallas “Bio Acid” O’Donnell (Australia)
- Jarrett “Duffman” Duff
- Joshua “Inmaniac” Inman (Australia)
- Philip “Momo” Whitfield (Europe – UK)
- Jack “Courage” Dunlop
- Christopher Tunn (Europe – UK)
- Raymond “Rambo” Lussier
- Plus MLG Cast Off Winner Thomas “Chance” Ashworth
The entire event will be LIVE streamed on MLG.tv/COD. The event will feature five different streams, with gameplay from all of the matches throughout the weekend. The stream will also be available in Spanish and Italian. The event’s action on Sunday, March 29th will also be live streamed on the Xbox One console.
Here’s a tentative schedule for the event via MLG:
Friday, March 27th [All times in PT]
- 9:15 AM – Station A Group A – OpTic Gaming vs. Vitality X
- 9:15 AM – Station B Group F – Aware Gaming vs. Infused
- 9:15 AM – Station C Group A – NxG Rapid vs. Team Orbit
- 9:15 AM – Station D Group F – Revenge vs. 3sUp
- 9:15 AM – Station E Group G – TCM Gaming vs. Ascentia
- 10:15 AM – Station A Group C – FaZe Red vs. fabE Germany
- 10:15 AM – Station B Group G – FaZe Black vs. DA.Below Zero
- 10:15 AM – Station C Group B – Denial eSports vs. Klar1ty Gaming
- 10:15 AM – Station D Group C – fabE Allstars vs. Automatic Reload
- 10:15 AM – Station E Group B – HyperGames vs. Prophecy
- 11:15 AM – Station A Group F – Revenge vs. Aware Gaming
- 11:15 AM – Station B Group A – Vitality X vs. Team Orbit
- 11:15 AM – Station C Group E – Team EnVyUs vs. Team Menace
- 11:15 AM – Station D Group F – Infused vs. 3sUp
- 11:15 AM – Station E Group A – OpTic Gaming vs. NxG Rapid
- 12:15 PM – Station A Group G – FaZe Black vs. TCM Gaming
- 12:15 PM – Station B Group C – FaZe Red vs. Automatic Reload
- 12:15 PM – Station C Group E – uX Gaming vs. Mindfreak
- 12:15 PM – Station D Group C – fabE Germany vs. fabE Allstars
- 12:15 PM – Station E Group G – Ascentia vs. DA.Below Zero
- 1:15 PM – Station A Group B – Denial eSports vs. Prophecy
- 1:15 PM – Station B Group H – Epsilon vs. Strictly Business
- 1:15 PM – Station C Group D – Gamers2 vs. Exile5.T1
- 1:15 PM – Station D Group D – OpTic Nation vs. SSOF Gaming
- 1:15 PM – Station E Group B – HyperGames vs. Klar1ty Gaming
- 2:15 PM – Station A Group A – OpTic Gaming vs. Team Orbit
- 2:15 PM – Station B Group F – Aware Gaming vs. 3sUp
- 2:15 PM – Station C Group H – Team Kaliber vs. Integral
- 2:15 PM – Station D Group F – Revenge vs. Infused
- 2:15 PM – Station E Group A – NxG Rapid vs. Vitality X
- 3:15 PM – Station A Group E – Team EnVyUs vs. Mindfreak
- 3:15 PM – Station B Group D – OpTic Nation vs. Gamers2
- 3:15 PM – Station C Group E – Team Menace vs. uX Gaming
- 3:15 PM – Station D Group G – FaZe Black vs. Ascentia
- 3:15 PM – Station E Group D – SSOF Gaming vs. Exile5.T1
- 4:15 PM – Station A Group H – Team Kaliber vs. Epsilon
- 4:15 PM – Station B Group G – TCM Gaming vs. DA.Below Zero
- 4:15 PM – Station C Group H – Integral vs. Strictly Business
- 4:15 PM – Station D Group C – fabE Germany vs. Automatic Reload
- 4:15 PM – Station E Group C – FaZe Red vs. fabE Allstars
- 5:15 PM – Station A Group D – OpTic Nation vs. Exile5.T1
- 5:15 PM – Station B Group E – Team Menace vs. Mindfreak
- 5:15 PM – Station C Group B – Klar1ty Gaming vs. Prophecy
- 5:15 PM – Station D Group E – Team EnVyUs vs. uX Gaming
- 5:15 PM – Station E Group B – Denial eSports vs. HyperGames
- 6:15 PM – Station A Group H – Team Kaliber vs. Strictly Business
- 6:15 PM – Station B Group H – Epsilon vs. Integral
- 6:15 PM – Station E Group D – Gamers2 vs. SSOF Gaming
Saturday, March 28th
- 9:15 AM Playoff Bracket Round 1 (4 Matches)
- 10:15 AM Playoff Bracket Round 1 (4 Matches)
- 11:15 AM Upper Bracket Round 1 (2 Matches)
- 11:15 AM Lower Bracket Round 1 (2 Matches)
- 12:15 PM Upper Bracket Round 1 (2 Matches)
- 12:15 PM Lower Bracket Round 1 (2 Matches)
- 1:15 PM Upper Bracket Round 2 (1 Match)
- 1:45 PM Lower Bracket Round 2 (4 Matches)
- 2:15 PM Upper Bracket Round 2 (1 Match)
- 3:15 PM Lower Bracket Round 3 (2 Matches)
- 4:45 PM Lower Bracket Round 4 (2 Matches)
- 4:45 PM 7th Place Consolation Match (1 Match)
- 6:15 PM Lower Bracket Round 5 (1 Match)
- 6:15 PM 5th Place Consolation Match (1 Match)
Sunday, March 29th:
- 11:00 AM Upper Bracket Final
- 12:15 PM Lower Bracket Final
- 2:30 PM Championship Match
Be sure to tune in on Sunday, March 29th at 1PM PT for the world premiere live gameplay of Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC MP maps and a new Exo Zombies: Infection trailer.
We will be attending the event and providing live coverage directly from the show floor! Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for VLOG’s from the event. It’s gonna be an amazing weekend for Call of Duty eSports.
Call of Duty League 2021 season platform will be PC with controller
The Call of Duty League has announced a massive change for the 2021 season and the future of the league itself.
The league announced on September 14 that the 2021 season will be played with controllers on PC.
All Pro players who are part of the CDL will be required to compete on PC platform using a league sanctioned controller. A list of allowed controllers will be announced in the near future.
The League is announcing it will move pro team competition to PC + Controller beginning with the 2021 season. This means that all pro matches will be played on PC and all pro players must use a League-approved controller of their choice.
As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season. This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.
This marks the first time Call of Duty esports will not be played on a console. Activision’s first real sponsored esports event was the 2011 Call of Duty XP, which was played on Xbox 360. Call of Duty esports went on to play on the Xbox console for through 2015.
Call of Duty transitioned to PlayStation as the premiere partner of esports in 2015 with Black Ops 3, and all league matches have been on PS4 since then.
Call of Duty Challengers
Activision has also announced a big change for the Call of Duty Challengers division.
Call of Duty Challengers will be switching to crossplay, which means players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC can all compete in online Challenger events in the 2021 season.
For the first time in Call of Duty esports history, competitors will be able to compete online in Call of Duty Challengers on their platform of choice across console and PC. We will continue to test platform hardware and make restrictions if necessary.
Players are required to use controllers. Mouse and keyboard peripherals will not be allowed.
Any LAN Challengers event that takes place during the season will be played on PC. Competitors may plug in their League-approved controller of choice.
More information on the 2021 season schedule to come. Stay tuned.
SOURCE: Call of Duty League
Call of Duty League won’t expand to new teams for 2021 season
The Call of Duty League does not plan to expand beyond the 12 teams for the 2021 season, according to ESPN Esports.
ESPN reports that sources tell them the Call of Duty League made the decision to hold expansion for now because they want to work on showcasing the power of bringing the league to LAN. The 2020 season was switched to online due to the pandemic.
The Call of Duty League Commissioner has stated that there’s a lot of interest from new city owners to join the league, but they don’t plan to expand for the 2021 season.
In a press conference, Johanna Farris, Commissioner, said:
“We continue to see great demand for CDL coming in from a lot of different places which is always exciting to see,” Call of Duty League commissioner Johanna Faries said Friday. “Breaking the viewership records that we’ve had with our playoffs run shows what the possibilities are for us in this nascent stage. However, our heads are currently down and focused on our 12 teams that have been with us since the beginning. We were oversubscribed with demand when we settled on our 12, and will do right by that demand at the appropriate time.”
ESPN reports that the league intends to expand to new cities and markets for the 2022 season with new team sales set to begin in summer 2021.
It’s not clear at this time which cities are interested in joining the league. So far, 11 cities are part of the league with 4 countries represented.
Activision Blizzard did not respond to request for a comment.
Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for 2021 season
The Call of Duty League has announced that the league will return to the 4v4 format for the 2021 season.
The news was announced in a teaser video posted to the CDL social channels titled “Season 2 Intel.”
The 2021 season going back to 4v4 marks a return to the traditional Call of Duty esports format. The format was changed to 5v5 with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018. Treyarch wanted to blend casual with competitive, and matched the standard game experience to esports.
In a post on the CDL site, the company confirms this decision was made after consulting the teams, players, and management.
With a new season comes new announcements across many fronts. Today we shared that we will be transitioning to starting roster sizes of four players per team for Season 2, marking a kind of ‘return to our roots’. This decision was made in close collaboration with our teams and players, and it was not made lightly. We know that this transition also brings new implications for both pro and amateur players with rostermania season fast approaching. Over the course of the offseason, we will share more news regarding plans for the 2021 Season — including details on maps, modes, formats, schedule, and more.
More news on the 2021 season to come. Stay tuned.
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