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Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 2 – Week 1 Schedule revealed



Activision has officially announced the schedule for Week 1 of Stage 2 of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division. As announced earlier, North America and Europe will feature matches on Thursday now, in addition to Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Stage 2 of the Pro Division will see new start times for the World League.

North America:

Tuesday, April 19:

  • 2pm PDT/5pm EDT – Team SoloMid vs 100 Thieves
  • 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT – Cloud9 vs Dream Team
  • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT – Luminosity vs FaZe Clan
  • 6:30pm PDT/9:30pm EDT – EnVyUs vs Team eLevate
  • 8pm PDT/11pm EDT – compLexity vs H2k

Wednesday, April 20:

  • 2pm PDT/5pm EDT – Dream Team vs Luminosity
  • 3:30pm PDT/6:30pm EDT – Team eLevate vs H2k
  • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT – OpTic Gaming vs EnVyUs
  • 6:30pm PDT/9:30pm EDT – FaZe Clan vs compLexity
  • 8pm PDT/11pm EDT – Team SoloMid vs Rise Nation

Thursday, April 21:

  • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT – esports Weekly Recap Show
  • 6pm PDT/9pm EDT – Match of the Week: Rise Nation vs OpTic Gaming

Played off-stream:

  • 100 Thieves vs Cloud9


Tuesday, April 19:

  • 5pm CEST – Splyce vs Team-LDLC
  • 6:30pm CEST – Millenium vs Exertus
  • 8pm CEST – Team Infused vs Giants Gaming
  • 9:30pm CEST – HyperGames vs TCM-Gaming

Wednesday,  April 20:

  • 5pm CEST – Millenium vs Team-LDLC
  • 6:30pm CEST – HyperGames vs Exertus
  • 8pm CEST – Epsilon eSports vs Team Vitality
  • 9:30pm CEST – Splyce vs Giants Gaming

Thursday, April 21:

  • 8pm CEST – Team Infused vs Team Vitality
  • 9:30pm CEST – Epsilon eSports vs TCM-Gaming


Tuesday, April 19:

  • 6pm AEST – Orbit vs Tainted Minds
  • 7:30pm AEST – Nv vs eXcellence
  • 9pm AEST – The Chiefs vs Team Immunity
  • 10:30pm AEST – Apotheon Esports vs Mindfreak

Wednesday,  April 20:

  • 6pm AEST – Mindfreak vs Nv
  • 7:30pm AEST – Team Immunity vs Orbit
  • 9pm AEST – Tainted Minds vs Apotheon Esports
  • 10:30pm AEST – eXcellence vs The Chiefs

Watch al of the Call of Duty World League action live on Twitch, YouTube, MLG, or via the in-game live event viewer on PS4.

SOURCE: Call of Duty eSports



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Activision Blizzard allowing CDL teams to defer league payments



Activision Blizzard is providing financial relief for Call of Duty League team ownership groups in 2020 due to the on-going pandemic.

The Washington Post reported that the company is allowing Call of Duty League team owners to defer their 2020 franchise spot payments. EsportsObserver first reported in July about financial relief payments discussions.

The Call of Duty League started in 2020 with 12 teams. The 12 city spots reportedly sold for $25 million each, to be paid over several years as part of the agreement.

Teams are required to pay a portion of the franchise fees yearly until the full amount of is paid off.

As part of providing financial relief to the teams, Activision Blizzard is allowing teams to defer the portion that is due in 2020. Activision Blizzard is offering the same for Overwatch League team owners. 10 of the 12 Call of Duty League teams have the same ownership group as their respective Overwatch League teams.

“It’s a tough year for everybody,” said Philadelphia Fusion President Tucker Roberts to the Washington Post. “They’ve worked with us to make sure there’s support.”

The league expected to generate high revenues in 2020 with live events in all 12 cities. The League cancelled all live events in March. In April, the league transitioned to an online format.

Call of Duty League hosted four live events in 2020, with events in Minnesota, London, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, prior to the pandemic ceasing all future events.

This relief is a sign that the league and teams are facing financial pressures due to cancelling live events. The league expected to generate revenue from ticket sales, in person merchandising, and more thanks to home stead events.

Call of Duty League has revealed that the 2021 season will switch to a 4v4 competition, after being 5v5 for the first year.

The League is also making a massive switch in platforms from PlayStation 4 to PC + Controller. This will open the field, especially in the Challengers league, to new competition from Xbox controller players as the years progress.

Activision Blizzard Esports did not provide a comment.

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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.

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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

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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.


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