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MLG Anaheim Open CWL event takes place this weekend

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MLG’s first Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 LAN event takes place this weekend with MLG Anaheim. The event features 96 open bracket teams competing for a chance to play alongside the 12 NA Pro Division Team in the Championship bracket for a $100,000 prize pool.

The event will begin on Friday, June 10th at 3PM PDT with Open Bracket Play.

The 96 amateur teams will compete in a Double Elimination Open Bracket. The final four teams will advance to Pool Play, where the 12 CWL Pro Division teams will be separated into four different pools based upon CWL Pro ranking. From there, each team will play one match against another team in their pool. The final pool play standing will determine the team’s placing in a Double Elimination Championship Bracket.


Schedule:

*All times are shown in Pacific Time (PT). Schedule is subject to change. 

Friday, June 10:

Alpha Stream

  • 2:30 PM DXRacer Pregame Show
  • 3:00 PM EnVyUs vs CompLexity
  • 4:45 PM FaZe vs Luminosity
  • 6:30 PM OpTic Gaming vs TSM

Bravo Stream

  • 3:00 PM Rise Nation vs H2K
  • 4:45 PM OpTic Gaming vs Cloud9
  • 6:30 PM FaZe vs eLevate

Charlie Stream

  • 3:00 PM Team eLevate vs. Luminosity Gaming
  • 4:45 PM H2K vs 100 Theives
  • 6:30 PM Rise Nation vs 100 Theives

Saturday, June 11:

Alpha Stream

  • 11:00 AM DXRacer Pregame Show
  • 11:15 AM Open Winners Round 4
  • 12:30 PM Open Winners Round 5
  • 2:15 PM OpTic Gaming vs. Open Bracket Team
  • 4:00 PM eLevate vs Open Bracket Team
  • 5:45 PM Rise Nation vs. Open Bracket Team
  • 8:00 PM Champ Winners Round 1
  • 9:45 PM Champ Winners Round 1

Bravo Stream

  • 11:15 AM Open Winners Round 4
  • 12:30 PM Open Winners Round 5
  • 2:15 PM 100 Thieves vs Open Bracket Team
  • 4:00 PM Team EnVyUs vs Open Bracket Team
  • 5:45 PM FaZe Clan vs. Open Bracket Team
  • 8:00 PM Champ Winners Round 1
  • 9:45 PM Champ Winners Round 1

Charlie Stream

  • 11:15 AM Open Winners Round 4
  • 12:30 PM Open Winners Round 5
  • 2:15 PM CompLexity vs Open Bracket Team
  • 4:00 PM Cloud9 vs Open Bracket Team
  • 5:45 PM Team SoloMid vs. Open Bracket Team

Sunday, June 12:

Alpha Stream

  • 9:45 AM DXRacer Pregame Show
  • 10:00 AM Champ Semifinal 1
  • 11:45 AM Champ Semifinal 2
  • 1:30 PM Champ Winners Final
  • 3:15 PM Champ Losers Final
  • 5:00 PM Champ Grand Final

Bravo Stream

  • 10:00 AM Champ Losers Round 4
  • 11:45 AM Champ Losers Round 5
  • 1:30 PM Champ Losers Round 6

Charlie Stream

  • 10:00 AM Champ Losers Round 4
  • 11:45 AM Champ Losers Round 5

Groups for Pool Play:

Group A: 

  • OpTic Gaming
  • Cloud9
  • Team SoloMid
  • Open Bracket Team

Group B: 

  • Rise Nation
  • 100 Thieves
  • H2K
  • Open Bracket Team

Group C:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Team eLevate
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Open Bracket Team 

Group D: 

  • Team EnVyUs
  • Dream Team
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Open Bracket Team

 Prize Pool:

  1. $40,000
  2. $24,000
  3. $16,000
  4. $8,000
  5. $4,000
  6. $4,000
  7. $2,000
  8. $2,000

Broadcast Talent:

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Casters:

Analysts:


The event will feature an Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie stream; the streams will be viewable on Call of Duty’s Twitch channel, MLG.tv/CallofDuty, and the Black Ops 3 in-game event viewer on PS4.

This event will also mark the launch of the MLG’s new Enhanced Viewing Experience, which will be available only on the MLG.tv stream. In addition, this event is expected to be live streamed directly on Facebook (link and more details will be added here once announced).

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest updates from MLG Anaheim!

SOURCE: MLG

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CDL Commissioner Johanna Faries set to be lead both CDL and OWL

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This week has been an interesting week for Activision Blizzard’s Esports division and leagues.

It was first reported earlier this week that Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is in talks with Immortals to reacquire the OpTic Gaming brand. With that, H3CZ would also acquire the CDL LA Spot.

Since H3CZ is a part of NRG has Co-CEO with the Chicago Huntsmen, Activision’s rules state one organization cannot own two spots in the same league. Rumors of who H3CZ plans to sell the spot to is rampant, but no official information has been disclosed.

Late on Thursday, Esports Observed also reported that Pete Vlastelica, the Commissioner of the Overwatch League stepped down from his role.

Now, EsportsObserved reports that Johanna Faries, current Commissioner of the Call of Duty League, is expanding her role to become ‘Head of Leagues’ at Activision Blizzard. In this newly created position, she will lead both Overwatch League and Call of Duty League’s league administration and broadcast operations.

Brandon Snow, current Chief Revenue Officer of Activision Blizzard Esports, is expanding his role to include marketing & analytics for the league. The former Chief Marketing Officer of Activision Blizzard Esports left in early September to be VP of DC Comics division of WarnerBros.

Both these new roles will take effect October 12, per EsportsObserved.

The first season of the Call of Duty League ended on August 31 with the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend. The event featured the most viewers in Call of Duty esports history, capping off a dynamically changing year with the on going pandemic.

Call of Duty League’s second season is set to kick off in 2021 with some major changes. The league announced that it will return to a 4v4 format, leaving one player on each roster looking for another starting role. They also announced that matches will be played on PC using controllers going forward instead of extending the esports partnership with PlayStation.

Activision has not announced these changes officially at this time.

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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.

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.

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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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