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Stage 1 of the Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 came to an end this weekend with the Stage 1 Playoffs at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The top eight teams competed for their share of the $500,000 prize pool.

After three days of Call of Duty: WWII action, FaZe Clan took the crown and secured the $200,000 first place prize!

Bracket Play: 

On Friday, the winners bracket play kicked off with the four quarterfinals matches. Some intense matches took place on Day 1, along side many unexpected results. In the first match of the day, eUnited, a team that has been struggling so far this season was able to take down Rise Nation 3-0 in their series. Luminosity had a tough fight against EU’s Red Reserve, but captured the series win 3-2.

The eL Classico match-up between OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs had no surprises, as OpTic ran through the series with a 3-1 win. In the final series of the day, Team Kaliber was able to hold down FaZe Clan to advance forward in the bracket.

In the next set of matches, Luminosity came out strong to send eUnited to the Losers Bracket. OpTic Gaming also had no issues taking down Team Kaliber, with a fast 3-0 win. In the losers bracket, FaZe eliminated Team EnVyUs; Rise Nation, the CWL Atlanta Champions were eliminated by the last EU team in the tournament.

Winners Finals:

In the winners final, OpTic Gaming took on Luminosity, the CWL Birmingham Champions. The first Hardpoint match went in Luminosity’s favor, but the match shifted in OpTic’s momentum when they won Game 2 in Round 11. OpTic completed the series win, 3-1, and advanced to their first grand finals in the WWII esports season.

Losers Finals:

Knocked down to losers by OpTic, Luminosity had to take on FaZe Clan. FaZe was able to push forward in an impressive losers bracket run for the struggling team. Luminosity started off strong holding a 2-0 series lead, but FaZe pushed back to force the final Game 5. FaZe won the final S&D and advanced to the Grand Finals.

Grand Finals:

The Grand Finals saw OpTic Gaming go head to head against FaZe Clan. FaZe Clan started big with a huge comeback in Game 1 Hardpoint; their momentum continued into Game 2, as they held a 2-0 series lead. OpTic fought back to force a Game 5 in the best of five series. The series was reset as FaZe clutched up to force the second best of five series.

In the second series, the battle went all the way to another game 5! The final Game 5 went to FaZe Clan, who took the series 3-2 and were crowned the champions of Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League! This is FaZe Clan’s first event win of the Call of Duty: WWII esports season.


Next CWL Open Event: CWL Seattle 

The next Call of Duty World League, presented by PlayStation 4 2018 Open Event will be CWL Seattle, live April 20-22, which features a $200,000 prize pool. Spectator Passes are available at MLG.com.

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Activision Blizzard allowing CDL teams to defer league payments

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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

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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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