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Activision plans to launch team sales for Call of Duty esports league later this year

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UPDATE: New information from ESPN esports’ sources states that Activision Blizzard will give Overwatch League teams first bid in team sales for Call of Duty World League. Activision Blizzard is still evaluating what to do with the fact that 10 out of the current 12 Overwatch League teams that do not Call of Duty teams. Only OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs, both of which are in the Overwatch League with their respective teams, have Call of Duty teams.

In the company’s franchise contracts with existing Overwatch League owners, those owners are granted a first right of negotiation for slots in the Call of Duty World League, league sources told ESPN. Activision Blizzard is contractually obligated to approach those owners first when it begins exploring franchise opportunities for the Call of Duty World League, according to sources.

No launch date for the franchised league has been announced. Activision Blizzard stated in their May 2018 conference call that the company plans to apply their learnings from the Overwatch League, which has been incredibly successful for the company, to Call of Duty esports at some point in the near future but additional details were not provided by the company at the time.

Activision Blizzard has not issued a statement about this information as of now.


In Activision Blizzard’s 2017 annual report, the company has stated that they plan to launch team sales for a professional Call of Duty esports league later this year, to match their format and set up they have done for the Overwatch League.

Activision hinted at this possibility during their financial call in May, when they said they plan to apply their expertise and learnings from the Overwatch League to Call of Duty esports.

From Activision Blizzard’s 2017 annual report, which is available on their website:

Our expertise launching and growing the Overwatch League will allow us to launch additional professional esports initiatives. Later this year we intend to expand the number of Overwatch teams and launch team sales for the Call of Duty professional league. Over time we believe our esports initiatives could rival traditional sports for audience interest, advertisers, sponsors, ticket sales and merchandise sales (both virtual and physical).

The Overwatch League has proven to be a big success for the company, as they plan to add more teams to the league heading into Season 2. For the Overwatch league, Activision Blizzard has been selling team spots for $20 million in Season 1. A report from ESPN says Season 2 spots may cost up to $35 million. In addition, Overwatch League also has secured sponsorships from Toyota, T-Mobile, HP, and OMEN.

SOURCE: Activision Blizzard via DOTesports

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Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings V1.01 announced

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Call of Duty League has announced the first version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings for the 2021 season.

UPDATE – Nov. 23: Activision has updated the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings to no longer have Semtex restricted.

These settings will be updated and changed as the seasons go on, and as more feedback is given from players to Treyarch & CDL.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will kick off soon, with a full schedule on the season to be announced by the League in the near future.

Competitive Call of Duty rules adjust over time. The rules below represent the settings in place for Call of Duty Challengers events. Version 1 of the 2021 season Competitive Settings is foundational and rules may change throughout the year. Maps and modes may also change at a later date.

Competitive Settings V 1.0 have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives (players, coaches) of the Call of Duty League.

The season begins with the Call of Duty Challengers online Elite & Scout events in December.

Competitive Rule Set V1.0

Maps & Modes:

  • Hardpoint
    • Cartel
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Moscow
  • Search & Destroy:
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Miami
    • Moscow
  • Control:
    • Checkmate
    • Garrison
    • Moscow

Restricted Items:

  • Primary Weapons:
    • All LMGs
  • Secondary Weapons:
    • All Shotguns
    • All Launchers
    • All Special Weapons
  • Attachments
    • Body
      • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
      • Ember Sighting Point
    • Stock
      • Dual Wield
  • Tactical:
    • Stimshot
    • Decoy
  • Lethal:
    • C4
    • Tomahawk
  • Field Upgrade:
    • Proximity Mine
    • Field Mic
    • Gas Mine
  • Perks:
    • Perk 1:
      • Paranoia
      • Forward Intel
    • Perk 2:
      • Tracker
  • Wildcard:
    • Danger Close
  • Scorestreaks:
    • Combat Bow
    • Spy Plane
    • Counter Spy Plane
    • Care Package
    • Sentry Turret
    • Air Patrol

More information on the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings, including specific settings for Hardpoint, S&D, and Control modes, are available on the CDL site.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty League 2021 season.

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Call of Duty nominated for multiple awards at 2020 Game Awards

Modern Warfare, Warzone, and CoD Mobile have been nominated for multiple awards in The Game Awards 2020.

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Modern Warfare, Warzone, and CoD Mobile have been nominated for multiple awards in The Game Awards 2020.

The Game Awards is one of the internet’s largest live stream events. Reaching nearly 50 million viewers in 2019, the 2020 show is set for December 10.

In 2019, Modern Warfare won the Game Award for Sound Design, and Call of Duty Mobile won Best Mobile Game. Modern Warfare and CoD: Mobile have been nominated again, with Warzone up for two awards.

Voting is now open on TheGameAwards.com, so check out what categories Call of Duty has been nominated for.

Nominations

Modern Warfare & the CDL

Modern Warfare has been nominated for Best Esports game following the CDL 2020 in which Dallas Empire took the title, beating Atlanta FaZe 5-1. For winning the title, they have been nominated for Best Esports Team of the year.

Dallas Empire players Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro have been nominated for Best Esports Player.

The Call of Duty League Championship 2020 has also been nominated for Best Esports Event.

Warzone

Warzone, which launched in March 2020, has been nominated for two awards.

Call of Duty’s new battle royale took the world by storm, being one of the biggest battle royale games this year. Due to its success, it has been nominated for Best Multiplayer, going against internet icons such as Fall Guys and Among Us.

With its live-service model and regular updates, Warzone has also been nominated for Best Ongoing Game. The game will integrate with Black Ops Cold War in December, continuing its live-service model.

Call of Duty Mobile

After winning Best Mobile Game in 2019, CoD Mobile has again been nominated for Best Mobile game again. With regular updates and seasons, and many fan-favorite Call of Duty maps and weapons, CoD Mobile has established a loyal fanbase.

To vote for your favorite games from 2020, log in to TheGameAwards.com.

Source: The Game Awards

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How to watch Black Ops Cold War Launch Week CDL events

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Throughout the Black Ops Cold War launch week, Call of Duty professional teams will be hosting events live with large prize pools.

All of these tournaments will be live streamed to the Call of Duty Twitch channel and CDL team Twitch channels between November 14th to November 20th. Every competition will have a prize pool of $25,000.

Each event will be hosted by a professional Call of Duty franchise team, and will feature guest stars, like other pro players, celebrities and streamers.

Events:

Atlanta FaZe – Cold War Clash featuring FaZe Clan

Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m. PT

Format: Bracket-style classic competitive modes featuring FaZe Clan streamers

Watch on Twitch.

OpTic Chicago – Cold War Launch Event

Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. PT

Format: Group play draft with single elimination competitive modes featuring OpTic players and NRG streamers

Watch on Twitch.

Minnesota Røkkr Arms Race

Monday, November 16 at 12 p.m. PT

Format: Pro-mod style format with single elimination competitive modes featuring Røkkr players and top streamers.

Watch on YouTube.

Dallas Empire – Battle of the Throne

Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. PT

Format: CDL competition format with four teams comprised of an Empire player, two top streamers, and an athlete/artist/celebrity.

Watch on YouTube.

Florida Mutineers – Release the Kraken: Cold War 

Wednesday, November 18 at 9 a.m. PT

Format: Amateur community tournament with up to 64 teams.

Watch on YouTube.

London Royal Ravens –  Cold War Colosseum

Thursday, November 19 at 9 a.m. PT

Format: Draft players with classic competitive modes featuring ReKT influencers and celebrities

Watch on YouTube.

Toronto Ultra – $25K Coldish War

Friday, November 20 at 12 p.m. PT

Format: “Dirty Bomb” game mode point race featuring OAM talent and pros

Watch on YouTube.

Source: Call of Duty League

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