To kick off the CWL Atlanta Open, Activision announced new information about the 2017 Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 season.
The 2017 Season will feature more open events, the Global Pro LAN League, and finishing off with the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship event.
The next Open CWL Event is CWL Dallas, hosted by MLG. This event takes place March 17-18 in Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX featuring teams from NA, EU, and APAC competing for $200,000 prize pool. The CWL Dallas event will also be the final event where players can earn CWL Pro Points to qualify for Stage 1 of the LAN League.
CWL LAN Pro League:
The Call of Duty World League LAN League kicks off April 20 with Stage 1. The league will feature 9 teams from North America, 6 from Europe, and 1 from APAC region. Teams in the league will be divided into four groups, and each group will play on separate weekends. The top two teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. The third place team in each group will not qualify for playoffs, but will retain a spot for Stage 2. The fourth place team in each group will have to face off in relegation to retain a spot for Stage 2.
Here’s the schedule for Stage 1:
Stage 1 Relegation:
Teams that did not make it into Stage 1 of the Pro League have a chance to make it into Stage 2. There will be online qualifiers May 19-21 for each region, where teams can compete for a spot to go to the Relegation. The top 2 NA teams, the top 1 EU, and top 1 APAC region will face off against the bottom four teams from Stage 1 on June 15 in Anaheim, CA.
Stage 2 of the LAN League kicks off June 29. Similar to Stage 1, 16 teams will be divided into groups of four and play on separate weekends. There is no relegation in Stage 2. All 16 Stage 2 teams will auto-qualify for the Call of Duty World League Championship.
Last Chance Qualifier:
For teams that did not make it into Stage 2 of the LAN League, but want to compete at Champs, there will be a Last Chance Qualifier taking place on LAN in each of the three regions. Activision has announced the dates for the qualifiers, by region:
- Europe: July 1-3, Gfinity Arena in London
- APAC: July 7-9, ESL Studios in Melbourne, Australia
- NA: July 25 at MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Call of Duty World League Championship:
The grand finale to the 2017 CWL Season will take place in August with the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship. The Championship will feature 32 teams competing for their share of the $1.5 million prize pool. Activision has not announced the exact dates for Champs yet.
The MVP of the 2017 CWL Champs event will receive $25,000. Activision says the prize pool for Champs was reduced based upon pro player feedback — players want more events throughout the year, with prize pool spread out throughout different events.
SOURCE: Call of Duty
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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