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Los Angeles and Minnesota announced for franchised Call of Duty League

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Activision has announced two new cities that will be joining the franchised Call of Duty League: Los Angeles and Minnesota.

The Los Angeles Spot will be owned by OpTic Gaming and their new parent company Immortals Gaming Club. Immortals Gaming Club (IGC) is the world’s first vertically integrated, truly global esports and gaming company. IGC owns and operates IGC esports, which houses the company’s competitive esports brands Immortals, Los Angeles Valiant (Overwatch League), OpTic Gaming and MIBR; and Gamers Club, the leading matchmaking platform and community hub for gamers in Brazil and Latin America.

Minnesota’s spot will be owned by WISE Ventures, a new group funded by Gary Vaynerchuk and Wilf family, owners of Minnesota Vikings. WISE Ventures, an investment fund based in Manhattan focused on early and growth stage investment opportunities that leverage our strategic value. Led by an ownership group with deep sports & entertainment and real estate experience, WISE is able to assess, champion, and add value to next-gen companies in those industries.

  • Bobby Kotick, CEO at Activision Blizzard:“I’m excited to welcome the newest teams, Los Angeles and Minnesota, to our incredible lineup – Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto – for Call of Duty esports. Together, these ownership groups represent some of the very best organizations in esports and traditional sports who will join us in paving the way for the future of professional, city-based competition for Call of Duty.”
  • Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO at Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues: “We’re very excited to welcome WISE Ventures into the esports community and to partner with both WISE Ventures and OpTic Gaming for the future of Call of Duty esports. Activision Blizzard Esports is dedicated to partnering with organizations that have a passion for competitive entertainment and share our vision for the future of esports.”
  • Ari Segal, CEO, Immortals Gaming Club (LOS ANGELES) –“By participating in the city-based model, we recognize the opportunity that the new Call of Duty esports league creates for us to tap into two existing sources of affinity: regional or city-based pride, and affinity for Call of Duty itself. Call of Duty League also allows us to scale the relationships we’ve been fortunate to build with both Activision Blizzard Esports leadership and senior management into a new and largely distinct market segment.”
  • Jonathan Wilf, WISE Ventures (MINNESOTA) – “Esports and competitive gaming has clearly emerged as a major force in the sports and entertainment industry. We have explored various opportunities in esports over the past few years, and we believe the new Call of Duty esports league is well positioned for long term success.”

OpTic Gaming (Immortals) and WISE Ventures join the five previously announced teams — Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Paris, and Dallas — as Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues prepares to franchise the official Call of Duty League to match the Overwatch League format. There’s seven teams now secured for the new 2020 CDL.

The franchised Call of Duty League is expected to being in 2020 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Activision says more details on how the new League will work will be discussed in the months ahead. There’s a lot of questions fans have about the league, so hopefully Activision delivers some of those answers. 

Activision Blizzard CEO mentioned back in early May that the entry fee to secure a spot was “dramatically” higher than that of the Overwatch League, which was around $10-15 million in Season 1. ESPN reported earlier this year that Call of Duty League team spots are going for $25 million each. 

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Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings V1.01 announced

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Call of Duty League has announced the first version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings for the 2021 season.

UPDATE – Nov. 23: Activision has updated the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings to no longer have Semtex restricted.

These settings will be updated and changed as the seasons go on, and as more feedback is given from players to Treyarch & CDL.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will kick off soon, with a full schedule on the season to be announced by the League in the near future.

Competitive Call of Duty rules adjust over time. The rules below represent the settings in place for Call of Duty Challengers events. Version 1 of the 2021 season Competitive Settings is foundational and rules may change throughout the year. Maps and modes may also change at a later date.

Competitive Settings V 1.0 have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives (players, coaches) of the Call of Duty League.

The season begins with the Call of Duty Challengers online Elite & Scout events in December.

Competitive Rule Set V1.0

Maps & Modes:

  • Hardpoint
    • Cartel
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Moscow
  • Search & Destroy:
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Miami
    • Moscow
  • Control:
    • Checkmate
    • Garrison
    • Moscow

Restricted Items:

  • Primary Weapons:
    • All LMGs
  • Secondary Weapons:
    • All Shotguns
    • All Launchers
    • All Special Weapons
  • Attachments
    • Body
      • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
      • Ember Sighting Point
    • Stock
      • Dual Wield
  • Tactical:
    • Stimshot
    • Decoy
  • Lethal:
    • C4
    • Tomahawk
  • Field Upgrade:
    • Proximity Mine
    • Field Mic
    • Gas Mine
  • Perks:
    • Perk 1:
      • Paranoia
      • Forward Intel
    • Perk 2:
      • Tracker
  • Wildcard:
    • Danger Close
  • Scorestreaks:
    • Combat Bow
    • Spy Plane
    • Counter Spy Plane
    • Care Package
    • Sentry Turret
    • Air Patrol

More information on the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings, including specific settings for Hardpoint, S&D, and Control modes, are available on the CDL site.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty League 2021 season.

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Call of Duty nominated for multiple awards at 2020 Game Awards

Modern Warfare, Warzone, and CoD Mobile have been nominated for multiple awards in The Game Awards 2020.

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Modern Warfare, Warzone, and CoD Mobile have been nominated for multiple awards in The Game Awards 2020.

The Game Awards is one of the internet’s largest live stream events. Reaching nearly 50 million viewers in 2019, the 2020 show is set for December 10.

In 2019, Modern Warfare won the Game Award for Sound Design, and Call of Duty Mobile won Best Mobile Game. Modern Warfare and CoD: Mobile have been nominated again, with Warzone up for two awards.

Voting is now open on TheGameAwards.com, so check out what categories Call of Duty has been nominated for.

Nominations

Modern Warfare & the CDL

Modern Warfare has been nominated for Best Esports game following the CDL 2020 in which Dallas Empire took the title, beating Atlanta FaZe 5-1. For winning the title, they have been nominated for Best Esports Team of the year.

Dallas Empire players Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro have been nominated for Best Esports Player.

The Call of Duty League Championship 2020 has also been nominated for Best Esports Event.

Warzone

Warzone, which launched in March 2020, has been nominated for two awards.

Call of Duty’s new battle royale took the world by storm, being one of the biggest battle royale games this year. Due to its success, it has been nominated for Best Multiplayer, going against internet icons such as Fall Guys and Among Us.

With its live-service model and regular updates, Warzone has also been nominated for Best Ongoing Game. The game will integrate with Black Ops Cold War in December, continuing its live-service model.

Call of Duty Mobile

After winning Best Mobile Game in 2019, CoD Mobile has again been nominated for Best Mobile game again. With regular updates and seasons, and many fan-favorite Call of Duty maps and weapons, CoD Mobile has established a loyal fanbase.

To vote for your favorite games from 2020, log in to TheGameAwards.com.

Source: The Game Awards

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How to watch Black Ops Cold War Launch Week CDL events

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Throughout the Black Ops Cold War launch week, Call of Duty professional teams will be hosting events live with large prize pools.

All of these tournaments will be live streamed to the Call of Duty Twitch channel and CDL team Twitch channels between November 14th to November 20th. Every competition will have a prize pool of $25,000.

Each event will be hosted by a professional Call of Duty franchise team, and will feature guest stars, like other pro players, celebrities and streamers.

Events:

Atlanta FaZe – Cold War Clash featuring FaZe Clan

Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m. PT

Format: Bracket-style classic competitive modes featuring FaZe Clan streamers

Watch on Twitch.

OpTic Chicago – Cold War Launch Event

Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. PT

Format: Group play draft with single elimination competitive modes featuring OpTic players and NRG streamers

Watch on Twitch.

Minnesota Røkkr Arms Race

Monday, November 16 at 12 p.m. PT

Format: Pro-mod style format with single elimination competitive modes featuring Røkkr players and top streamers.

Watch on YouTube.

Dallas Empire – Battle of the Throne

Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. PT

Format: CDL competition format with four teams comprised of an Empire player, two top streamers, and an athlete/artist/celebrity.

Watch on YouTube.

Florida Mutineers – Release the Kraken: Cold War 

Wednesday, November 18 at 9 a.m. PT

Format: Amateur community tournament with up to 64 teams.

Watch on YouTube.

London Royal Ravens –  Cold War Colosseum

Thursday, November 19 at 9 a.m. PT

Format: Draft players with classic competitive modes featuring ReKT influencers and celebrities

Watch on YouTube.

Toronto Ultra – $25K Coldish War

Friday, November 20 at 12 p.m. PT

Format: “Dirty Bomb” game mode point race featuring OAM talent and pros

Watch on YouTube.

Source: Call of Duty League

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