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Call of Duty League announces sponsors for 2020 season

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Activision Blizzard has announced the sponsors for the 2020 Call of Duty League season, which will be played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The sponsors announced include SCUF Gaming, ASTRO Gaming, PlayStation, and US Air Force.

PlayStation will also be the presenting partner of the Call of Duty Challengers, the amateur circuit of the Call of Duty League. It’s officially called the Call of Duty Challengers presented by PS4.

Here’s the list of sponsors, as announced by Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues:

“This coming weekend in Minneapolis we kick off the next chapter of Call of Duty esports, and we couldn’t be prouder to have these incredible brands as partners for the inaugural Call of Duty League season,” said Brandon Snow, Activision Blizzard Esports League Chief Revenue Officer. “Our partners not only support the players on their mission to win the first Call of Duty League Championship, they provide our fans around the world a better experience while attending Home Series matches or streaming at home.”

MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® returns to Call of Duty esports in a multi-year agreement which solidifies the brand as the official beverage of the Call of Duty League, the official beverage of the Call of Duty League City Circuit™ and the official beverage of the Call of Duty Challengers™. The sponsorship extends to the 2022 season of the Call of Duty League.

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Call of Duty League in celebration of players around the world and their love of the iconic game,” said Erin Chin, Senior Director, Marketing, MTN DEW. “As MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL enters another banner year, we’re thrilled to keep delivering unique partnerships and best-in-class experiences for the gamers and fans who inspired the product’s creation.”

PlayStation® returns to Call of Duty esports in 2020 with PlayStation®4 as the official platform of the Call of Duty League and the official partner of Call of Duty Challengers. At League Weekend events – including the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend – PlayStation® will be the presenting sponsor of Call of Duty Challengers competition. As part of the path to pro amateur competition structure, PlayStation® will present the Challengers Points Leaderboard on CallofDutyLeague.com as well sponsor key video content, including the post-match on-stage series “Instant Reaction.”

ASTRO Gaming extends its sponsorship of Call of Duty esports through the 2022 season as the Official Headset and MixAmp of the Call of Duty League. In addition to ASTRO Headsets and MixAmps on the mainstage of all events, the company will sponsor a new video content series for the Call of Duty League and will sponsor the Call of Duty League season MVP award. ASTRO Listen-In segments will be featured in every match played this season. Finally, ASTRO is producing a special edition Call of Duty League A40 TR Headset and A40 Speaker Tags for each pro team.

“We’re proud to extend our long-term partnership with Call of Duty esports in the new Call of Duty League. We’re committed to providing all competitors with immersive game audio and precise voice communication,” said Aron Drayer, Vice President of Marketing at ASTRO Gaming. “We’re also excited about creating a special edition headset for the league and all of the new city-based teams.”

Pre-Order your CDL A40 TR Headset and CDL A40 Team Speaker Tags here today @ https://www.astrogaming.com/en-us/customize/special-editions/call-of-duty-league.html

SCUF Gaming will continue its longstanding sponsorship in Call of Duty esports through the 2021 season as the official controller of the Call of Duty League. SCUF will activate throughout League Weekend events and continue its sponsorship of the documentary short series “Behind the Controller” and produce official, special edition Call of Duty League controllers for each of the twelve franchise teams.

SCUF Gaming “SCUF®” is a creator of high-performance gaming controllers and provides accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC that are used by top professional gamers as well as casual gamers. Built to specification, SCUF controllers offer a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay.

“Both esports and Call of Duty are deeply rooted in our core DNA so we are delighted that the day has finally come for Call of Duty League to launch. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited to be a foundational partner and to continue innovating the way gamers use a controller to help them perform at the highest level,” said Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Founder of SCUF Gaming. “Since inception, we’ve been dedicated to supporting the growth of esports; creating the features that have made SCUF an extension of the player to maximize their performance. After 17 years in the making, we’re excited that Call of Duty League Launch Weekend has finally come.”

New to Call of Duty esports is the U.S. Air Force. As part of a one-year agreement, the U.S. Air Force will activate on-site at League weekend events and be featured in League broadcasts. The U.S. Air Force and Call of Duty League will offer fans an opportunity to experience flight simulators in technology-enabled experiential activations for Call of Duty fans. The U.S. Air Force will also be sponsors of a “Match Metrics” broadcast feature, as on-air talent leads pregame examination of the teams that are about to square off.

The Call of Duty League season begins in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend – hosted by the Minnesota RØKKR franchise – on January 24, 2020.

The Call of Duty League follows a home-vs-away format with 5-vs-5 professional match play, with 12 teams in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, London, Los Angeles (2), Minnesota, New York, Paris, Seattle, and Toronto. Throughout the season, each team will host “Home Series” weekends in their market, with multiple pro teams competing at each event.

Call of Duty League also announced Outerstuff, an industry leader in branded apparel, is the developer of official player kits and fan apparel for the 2020 season. In addition, Call of Duty League has signed Mitchell & Ness for authentic, league-licensed headwear across all teams in the league.

Call of Duty League fans worldwide can now access all of their favorite team gear from Outerstuff and Mitchell & Ness, and other League Licensees, through the official Call of Duty League Store at Shop.CallofDutyLeague.com, a Fanatics experience, both domestically and internationally. This further broadens the long-term relationship between Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) and Fanatics, the global leader for licensed merchandise

The 2020 Call of Duty League begins on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend event hosted by Minnesota ROKKR. The league features 12 city based teams with teams traveling to home markets for home stead events throughout the year with the season finishing with the Call of Duty League Championship event.

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Call of Duty League 2021 season platform will be PC with controller

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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.

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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

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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.

SOURCE: ESPN

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Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for 2021 season

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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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