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Call of Duty World League LAN Pro League begins April 20

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Activision has announced in a press release that Stage 1 of the first ever CWL Global Pro LAN League for Call of Duty will kick off on April 20, 2017, played on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

The Global Pro LAN League will feature a total of 16 teams (9 from North America, 6 from Europe, and 1 from APAC) competing in MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Activision also revealed that the CWL Dallas event, taking place March 17-19, will be the final Global Open LAN event — where players can earn CWL Pro Points — before the start of the Pro League.

The CWL Dallas Open is the final event where teams and their rosters can earn CWL Pro Points for a chance to qualify into Stage 1 of the CWL Global Pro League, beginning April 20. The CWL Global Pro League, taking place live at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will include 16 teams worldwide over two stages of competition, each with a hefty prize pool. This weekly LAN league is a first for the CWL, working with MLG. Teams that do not make the cut for Stage 1 of the CWL Global Pro League will still be able to earn CWL Pro Points to compete for a spot in Stage 2, later in the year, online via CWL ladders and tournaments on GameBattles, as well as via LAN events for CWL Pro Points that will be available in specific territories.

Following Stage 1, there will be the next major Global LAN event — MLG Anaheim. This takes place June 16-18. This event will feature the Stage relegation, where the bottom four teams from the CWL Pro League in Stage 1 will face off against teams from regional qualifiers for a spot in Stage 2.

Additionally, the CWL will host the previously announced CWL Anaheim Open on June 16 – 18 – which will include the qualifier for Stage 2 of the CWL Global Pro League. This competition will feature the bottom four placing teams from the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 against teams from regional qualifiers. This tournament will determine the final 4 teams of the 16 who will compete in Stage 2. Teams competing in Stage 2 of the CWL Pro League will earn an automatic bid to the CWL Championships, to be held later this year.

Stay tuned for the latest CWL news.

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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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