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MLG announces new rules and details for MLG COD League Season 3

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MLG today announced new rules and details for MLG COD League Season 3. These rules are about how Free Agencies and player transfer will start working between teams. As many know, roster changes are a big thing in the CODeSports community after a major event. MLG Anaheim concluded this weekend, and roster changes have already began. To help govern this, MLG has announced an unified system for free agency.

MLG COD League Season 3 will begin on July 14th, 2014.

After careful consideration and extensive conversations with team owners, today we are releasing the details and refined rules for Season 3 of the MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League. The Season 3 draft will take place on Thursday, July 10th and highlights will be broadcast via MLG.tv. Season 3 gameplay will take place starting Monday, July 14th with matches streamed on MLG.tv. Broadcast details and additional information will be released in the coming weeks.

The free agency rules were created with the aim of defining a set of qualified professional players and qualified professional teams. Anaheim saw 12 teams and 48 players qualify into Season 3. The 12 qualifying teams must complete a 4 player roster from within those 48 players, and the free agency rules will govern all transactions.

Any player that does not wish to join one of the 12 available teams or is not picked up by one of the 12 teams can declare for the draft or decide to sit out Season 3. Any team that is unable to submit a roster of 4 players will be given conditional draft picks to be used at the conclusion of round 4.

With these rules and these parameters of qualified players and qualified teams we feel that both parties, players and teams, are given protection within the new free agency system.

Here’s the full rules and overview of what’s happening directly from MLG:
Key Dates:

Player Movement Periods – All player movement periods begin at 5:01 EDT and all player movement periods end at 5 PM EDT.

  • Free = June 25th to July 2nd
    • Players may declare themselves to be a Free Agent
    • Teams may release 1 Player
    • Teams may add Players
  • Add = July 2nd to July 7th: Teams may add Players
  • Join = July 7th to July 9th: Players may join Teams
  • Draft = July 10th: Teams must add Players to complete their 8-Player Roster

Season 3: Begins on Monday, July 14th

Rules:

During the Free Player Movement period:

  • When a Player’s Free Agency request is approved, the Player has left the Team and may be added by any Team, including their original Team.
  • When a Team’s Release request is approved, the Player has been removed from the Team and may be added by any Team, including their original Team.
  • A Team’s request to Add a Player must be accompanied by a Player’s request to be added to the Team. When such requests are approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3.

During the Add Player Movement period:

  • A Team’s request to Add a Player must be accompanied by a Player’s request to be added to the Team. When such requests are approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3.

During the Join Player Movement Period:

  • Anyone who was a Player on an Initial Season 3 Roster and is currently a Free Agent, may join a Team that has fewer than 4 Players. When a Join request is approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3. If such Players are still Free Agents at the end of the Join Player Movement Period, they can choose to be added to the pool of Draft Eligible Players or choose not to participate in Season 3.

During the Draft:

  • Teams must use all of their Draft picks in order to fill their Roster to 8 Players.
  • Players must have at least 3000 Ghosts Pro Points in order to be Draft Eligible.

Draft order for all 4 Rounds:

  1. JusTus
  2. eLevate
  3. Rise Nation
  4. OpTic Nation
  5. Denial eSports
  6. FaZe Red
  7. Team Kaliber
  8. FaZe Black
  9. Team EnVyUs
  10. Curse Black
  11. OpTic Gaming
  12. Evil Geniuses

Additional Rules:

  • A Team’s spot in Season 3 is held by the Team Owner, even if all Players from the Initial Season 3 Roster become Free Agents or are released.
  • Season 3 Rosters may not exceed 4 Players during the Free, Add, or Join Player Movement Periods.
  • Teams with fewer than 4 Players at the end of the Join Player Movement Period will be awarded a conditional draft pick(s) at the end of the 4th Round.
  • Teams must divide their Season 3 Rosters into a list of 4 Starters and a list of 4 Substitutes by 9 AM EDT on Monday, July 14th.
  • After the Join Player Movement Period has ended, the only Roster changes that will be allowed are the addition of Players through the Draft and changing a Player’s designation (Starter/Substitute).
  • Players may not compete from outside of North America.
  • Ownership & Team Names must be approved by MLG.
  • All Player Movement requests must be approved by MLG.

SOURCE: MLG

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How to earn Call of Duty League Championship viewership rewards: Blueprints, Champs Pack, more

Here’s how to start earning exclusive viewership rewards including a CDL XM4 Blueprint for watching the Call of Duty League Championships.

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Call of Duty League championship weekend

The Call of Duty League 2021 Championship Weekend is here, and players can earn various viewership rewards for watching the final stage of competitive action. Here’s how to link your account and earn an XM4 Blueprint, Calling Cards, and the chance to get the Champs Pack for free.

After months of Call of Duty’s best playing for the championship crown, it all comes down to the Championship Weekend, kicking off on August 19 and concluding on Sunday, August 22. While the pros compete for the $1.2 million prize pool, you can also earn various viewership rewards to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, just for watching.

Alongside an exclusive CDL-themed XM4 Blueprint, you can earn Double XP tokens, player signature stickers, and the chance to receive a CDL 2021 Champs Pack code.

Here’s how to link your account to start earning rewards and everything on offer.

How to earn CDL Championship viewership rewards for Cold War & Warzone

Earning the Call of Duty League Championship viewership rewards is simple; the longer you watch, the more rewards you’ll earn. But you’ll need to make sure that your Call of Duty account is linked to YouTube, where the CDL will be broadcasted.

Rewards are earned by watching the CDL Championships through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Call of Duty League Championship stream

Above, you can find the stream for the CDL Championship weekends. As long as your Activision account is connected to YouTube, you’ll begin earning incremental viewership rewards.

All CDL Championship viewership rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 Viewership rewards

CDL Thursday viewership rewards

  • 1 Hour: 60 Minute Double XP Token
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes: Shane and Zaptius Weapon Stickers
  • 2 Hours: 60 Minute Battle Pass Double XP Token

CDL Friday viewership rewards

  • 1 Hour: 60 Minute Double XP Token
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes: Zed and PaulEhx Weapon Stickers
  • 2 Hours: 60 Minute Battle Pass Double XP Token

CDL Saturday viewership rewards

  • 30 Minutes: COD Timing Calling Card
  • 1 Hour: 60 Minute Double XP Token
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes: Venom, Classic, and Vivid Weapon Stickers
  • 2 Hours: 60 Minute Battle Pass Double XP Token
  • Chance to earn CDL 2021 Champs Pack code

CDL Championship Sunday viewership rewards

  • 15 Minutes: Sweep Emblem
  • 30 Minutes: Thunderclap Calling Card
  • 45 Minutes: CDL Champs 2021 XM4
  • 1 Hour: 60 Minute Double XP Token
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes: Standy, Temp, and Huke Weapon Stickers
  • 2 Hours: 60 Minute Battle Pass Double XP Token

What’s in the Cold War & Warzone CDL 2021 Champs Pack?

Call of Duty League 2021 Champs Pack

For watching the Championships on Saturday, Call of Duty will give out codes for the CDL 2021 Champs Pack to random viewers. These include Blueprints for the AK-47 and LW3 – Tundra with Gold Tracers, as well as CDL-themed Emblems, Charm, Calling Card, and Sticker.

This bundle usually costs around $18, so it’s well worth trying to get it for free by watching the CDL.

  • AK-47 Champs ’21 Blueprint
  • LW3 Champs ’21 Blueprint
  • CDL Championship Trophy Charm
  • Better On LAN Emblem
  • Online Warrior Emblem
  • Championship Weekend ’21 Calling Card
  • CDL Championship Ring Sticker

The CDL Championships marks the end of Black Ops Cold War’s competitive season, with 2022’s being played on the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard game, which returns to the series’ WW2 roots.

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ASTRO Gaming & US Army ends sponsorship of Call of Duty League amid lawsuit controversy

The Call of Duty League has lost one of its long time sponsors just before the biggest CDL event of the year.

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Activision Blizzard Esports division appears to be taking the biggest impact from external partners over the harassment lawsuit with sponsors opting out of partnerships with the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League.

The latest sponsor to end its relations with the Call of Duty League is ASTRO Gaming (and now U.S Army).

ASTRO Gaming’s logo has vanished from the Call of Duty League site, alongside the U.S Army logo. These two logos used to appear to the left of ZENNI Gaming’s logos.

Here’s a look at the new sponsorship strip section on the CDL site, with ZENNI Gaming, SCUF, Game Fuel, and USAA still partners.

Update August 13 – 1PM ET: After we posted this article, the logo sponsorship section on the Call of Duty League site was updated again to remove the U.S Army logo. The CDL now has only four sponsors left as CDL Champs approaches.

ASTRO Gaming was a long time sponsor of Call of Duty esports, dating back to its early days. The company was the official headset sponsor of the Call of Duty League and Call of Duty Challengers.

Per Activision’s initial announcement of the CDL back in 2020, ASTRO Gaming “extends its sponsorship of Call of Duty esports through the 2022 season.”

Instead, the sponsorship has ended just before the CDL’s biggest event of the year, Call of Duty League Championship. The Championship event will take place August 19 – 22 at the Galen Center in LA.

The U.S Army started its sponsorship of the CDL with the inaugural season in 2020. The U.S Army was the presenting sponsor of all schedule related assets on the CDL site.

Their logo has now been completely removed from the site.

Activision Blizzard has declined to comment.

ASTRO had in broadcast segments for the Call of Duty League including the main ASTRO Gaming Listen In, allowing fans to hear team comms during intense moments of matches.

ASTRO also was the presenting sponsor of the Call of Duty League MVP Award, which was awarded at the end of the Champs event. Since the partnership has ended, as early as this week, the CDL’s site MVP page no longer shows the ASTRO Gaming logo.

The site before August 10th:

The site as it appears now, available to view here:

ASTRO & US Army are the latest two sponsors of the Call of Duty League to drop, after T-Mobile distanced themselves a few weeks back.

ASTRO Gaming partnered with the CDL to sell custom-designed CDL team headsets on their website. That collection has been deleted from the site.

The Call of Duty League is not the only Activision Blizzard league facing backlash. The company’s Overwatch League has lost 5 sponsors over the last two weeks, including Coca Cola, State Farm, IBM, Kellogs, and more.

The sponsorship drops comes as Activision Blizzard is being sued by the state of California for sexual harassment and diversity in-equality across the company, with many instances coming out of Blizzard’s side.

Activision Blizzard responded to the suit with Blizzard President J. Allen Brack resigning and putting Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra as co-leaders of Blizzard.

The company still faces immense pressure from employees to change some of the practices, like removal of attribution clauses and changes to the law firm that is investigating the allegations at the company. So far, Activision Blizzard executives have not met their demands.

We’ll continue to keep everyone updated as more information on the lawsuit and sponsorships happen.

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T-Mobile reportedly no longer a sponsor of Call of Duty League & Overwatch League

T-Mobile appears to have ended their sponsorship of both the CDL and OWL after Activision Blizzard harassment lawsuits surfaced.

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T-Mobile appears to have abruptly ended their sponsorship of the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League this past week. The company’s logo has been removed from the sponsorship section of both of the websites.

T-Mobile was one of the largest non-endemic partners of the Call of Duty League. The US wireless carrier was the Official 5G Sponsor of the League and featured weekly 5G T-Mobile Drops for fans to enter to win real life prizes.

The Call of Duty League features sponsors including the U.S. Army, Astro Gaming, SCUF Gaming, Zenni Gaming, Game Fuel, USAA Insurance, and Google Cloud.

T-Mobile’s logo was seen on the Call of Duty League site as recently as July 21 alongside the other sponsors, per the Wayback Machine, as seen in the screenshot below:

Call of Duty League website – July 21, 2021

Now, visiting the Call of Duty League website and looking at the same sponsor area, T-Mobile’s logo has been removed. The other sponsor’s logos are still featured.

Call of Duty League website – July 31, 2021

Another part of T-Mobile’s activation with the Call of Duty League was their 5G Weekly Drop activation, where viewers could text a code to a number to enter for a chance to win bonus items – like free controllers, phones, headsets, and even a trip to CDL Champs.

However, for the Stage 5 Major event (taking place July 29 through August 1), the official rules website says the Weekly Drop was cancelled with no explanation provided.

T-Mobile was also a sponsor of Activision Blizzard’s other major league, the Overwatch League. But on the OWL’s website sponsor section strip, T-Mobile’s logo is gone. It was there as soon as Monday, July 26. T-Mobile’s branding still appears on their site for Viewership Drops as those assets appears to have not been updated yet.

It’s not officially confirmed as to why T-Mobile has decided to end its sponsorship of both of the leagues so suddenly or if the sponsorship is truly over, but the timing seems suspicious with the recent harassment lawsuit against Activision Blizzard from the state of California.

Activision Blizzard employees staged a walk out on July 28 in protest of the company’s responses to the harassment lawsuit over a toxic, sexist workplace culture.

Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick responded in an email published on July 27 that the company’s responses were “tone deaf” and they would work to build a better, safer culture.

Activision Blizzard and T-Mobile both have not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.

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