During a live stream today, Activision and MLG announced the details regarding the 2018 Call of Duty World League Season. The season will be played on Call of Duty: WWII on PlayStation 4.
The season consists of several major competitive events, a CWL Pro League season, and concludes with the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championship in the fall.
The first event will be MLG Dallas, taking place Dallas on December 8 through December 10. The prize pool for the event will be $200,000.
Here’s the overview on the 2018 Call of Duty: World League season from Activision:
- Six Massive Open LANs for CWL Pro Points, each featuring a $200,000 Prize Pool
- Dallas, TX — December 8-10
- New Orleans, LA — January 12-14
- Atlanta, GA — March 9-11
- Three additional Global Open events to be revealed
- CWL Pro League Returns to MLG Arena in Columbus, beginning in January 2018
- Two divisions of eight teams compete this season in each Stage, expanding League play to fourteen matches per Stage
- Broadcast moving to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Top four teams in each division move onto the playoffs
- $200,000 prize pool distributed during Stage competition
- $500,000 prize pool on the line at each Stage playoff
- Stage 1 begins January 23 – March 22
- Playoffs for Stage 1 begin April 6
- Stage 2 begins May 15 – July 19
- Playoffs for Stage 2 begin July 27
- New CWL National Circuit:
- Competition for top teams that did not qualify for the Call of Duty World League
- Regional competition, eight online leagues: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, UK and US
- 3,000 CWL Pro Points awarded to each winning team per stage, plus $1000 prize pool for winner, and travel and accommodations to attend a select Global Open event or Last Chance Qualifier
- Stage 1 — January 26 – February 16
- Stage 2 — March 16 – April 13
- Stage 3 — May 11 – June 1
- Stage 4 — June 22 – July 13
- Call of Duty World League Championship will return in 2018
- 32 teams from around the globe compete for $1.5 million prize pool
- Online competition in MLG GameBattles for CWL Pro Points in all eligible regions beginning on November 3, 2017
- All qualification and seeding is based on CWL Pro Points, awarded to registered players
- Points belong to the player, not the team
- Fifteen Online CWL 2K Tournaments Throughout the Season
- 2,000 CWL Pro Points per tournament and cash prizing to winners – planned for the season per region; first tournament slated for November 12.
“We can’t wait to start the new season of the Call of Duty World League. Beginning in Dallas in December and continuing all season long, CWL players and fans are in for the biggest season yet in Call of Duty Esports history,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager of Call of Duty, Rob Kostich. “This season will feature Call of Duty: WWII, and offer more opportunities to compete, view and experience the CWL through more open LAN events, the highly competitive Pro League and the all-new CWL National Circuit. This is shaping up to be a great season full of exciting new competition, rivalries and great gameplay.”
Stay tuned for the latest information.
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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