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- 1 History
- 2 Teams
- 3 Format
- 4 Events
- 5 Organization
- 6 Media
- 7 References
The Call of Duty League is the premier professional esports league for Call of Duty, organized by Activision. The league is a global, city-based esports league composed of 12 professional teams, representing 11 markets across North America and Europe. See Call of Duty Challengers for the official amateur competition of the Call of Duty League.
The Call of Duty League was officially announced on October 10, 2019, on Twitter with the release of a promotional video displaying the 12 cities participating in the inaugural season. The participating cities had previously been announced between earlier in the year during the 2019 season.
First Five Teams
In June, it was revealed by ESPN that owners of teams participating in the Overwatch League (operated by Blizzard Entertainment) would be granted first right of negotiation for a Call of Duty franchising spot. On May 2, 2019, Activision unveiled the first five cities participating in the Call of Duty League. The cities announced were:
- Atlanta - owned by Atlanta Esports Ventures
- Dallas - owned by Envy Gaming, Inc and affiliated with Team Envy
- New York - owned by Andbox
- Paris - owned by c0ntact Gaming, LLC
- Toronto - owned by OverActive Media and affiliated with Splyce
Further Teams Announced
On July 1, 2019 two more cities were announced:
- Los Angeles (Immortals) - owned by Immortals Gaming Club and affiliated with OpTic Gaming
- Minnesota - owned by WISE Ventures, LLC
Two more cities took the total number of announced teams to nine on August 20, 2019:
- Florida - owned by Misfits Gaming
- Los Angeles (Kroenke) - owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
The remaining three cities were revealed on September 13, 2019, finalising the teams for the first season:
- Chicago - owned by NRG
- London - owned by ReKTGlobal
- Seattle - owned by Enthusiast Gaming and Canucks Sports & Entertainment and affiliated with Luminosity Gaming
Team Roster Construction Details
On August 20, Activision detailed the roster construction rules and guidelines for the 2020 season in a reddit post on r/CoDCompetitive. It was revealed that pro rosters must be made up of a minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 10, with each player receiving a minimum base salary of $50,000, along with health care and retirement benefits. It was also stated that teams must either provide housing to it's players or assist them in finding housing during the season.
Teams are also required to distribute at least 50% of their prize pool earnings directly to their players.
The signing window opened on August 26, 2019 for any existing Call of Duty World League teams transitioning to the Call of Duty League, giving them the ability to sign players who were currently on their 2019 season CWL rosters. The window for signing all pro players began September 3, 2019. Players are able to be traded among teams throughout the majority of the 2020 season.
The current teams in the Call of Duty League are:
|City||Team Name||Owner||Announcement Date||First Season|
|Atlanta||Atlanta FaZe||Atlanta Esports Ventures||2019-05-02||2020|
|Dallas||Dallas Empire||Envy Gaming, Inc (affiliation with Team Envy)||2019-05-02||2020|
|Florida||Florida Mutineers||Misfits Gaming||2019-08-20||2020|
|London||London Royal Ravens||ReKTGlobal||2019-09-13||2020|
|Los Angeles||OpTic Gaming Los Angeles||Immortals Gaming Club (affiliation with OpTic Gaming)||2019-07-01||2020|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles Guerrillas||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment||2019-08-20||2020|
|Minnesota||Minnesota RØKKR||WISE Ventures, LLC||2019-07-01||2020|
|New York||New York Subliners||Andbox||2019-05-02||2020|
|Paris||Paris Legion||c0ntact Gaming, LLC||2019-05-02||2020|
|Seattle||Seattle Surge||Enthusiast Gaming & Canucks Sports & Entertainment (affiliation with Luminosity Gaming)||2019-09-13||2020|
|Toronto||Toronto Ultra||OverActive Media (affiliation with Splyce)||2019-05-02||2020|
Call of Duty League events will be hosted by teams in their respective home markets. The league will also host its own event weekends, including the Call of Duty League Midseason Weekend and Call of Duty League Championship Weekend.
The regular season is divided into two splits – not including the postseason. Throughout the season, teams are ranked by match wins and losses to determine who advances to the Playoffs. The post-season will feature the top 8 teams from the season, including 2 wild card spots that advance to the playoffs. During the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend, the final 6 Playoffs teams will face off in double-elimination competition until the final two pro teams go head to head in the Call of Duty League Championship.
Major Weekend Events
The Call of Duty League Launch Weekend will take place in early 2020. Call of Duty League will also host the Call of Duty League Midseason Weekend and the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend.
Home Series Events
Each team in the Call of Duty League will host two Home Series events in their market, one in each split. Each Home Series weekend will feature multiple pro team matches, including the host city team. All host cities have the option to host additional events at their Home Series, including amateur open bracket competition.
All matches will take place in a Best of 5 Series with multiple maps and modes. Mid-match substitutions are allowed.
Players must be 18 years old or older to compete in official Call of Duty League events.
Two Way Players
Non-starting players on Call of Duty League rosters will be eligible to compete in official Call of Duty Challengers events.
Challenger Points awarded to Call of Duty League players for seeding purposes in Call of Duty Challengers in case they are a two way player or are no longer a part of a Call of Duty League roster.
|2020-01-24||2020-07-26||Call of Duty League 2020||TBD||12||$ 6,000,000|
|2020-05-02||2020-05-03||Call of Duty League 2020 Midseason Weekend||TBD|
|Call of Duty League 2020 Playoffs||TBD|
|Johanna Faries||League Commissioner|
|Xav||Xav de Matos||Head of Public Relations|
|Spencer Peterson||Head of Player Relations|
- October 18, Call of Duty League Commissioner on Why It’s Time for a Franchise Model with Axel Stedman on Variety
- October 18, Call of Duty League reveals schedule details for inaugural season by Aron Garst on ESPN
- October 18, First Details of 2020 Competition by CallofDuty Esports on r/CoDCompetitive
- October 29, Call of Duty League Season Launches January 24, 2020 by League News on Call of Duty League
- CODLeague Announcement Tweet by CODLeague on Twitter
- OWL owners granted first right of negotiation for possible Call of Duty franchising, sources say by Jacob Wolf on ESPN.
- Five Call of Duty franchises announced by Reuters on ESPN
- Announcement: Los Angeles and Minnesota join Call of Duty esports league by Call of Duty Staff on Activision Blog
- Call of Duty league adds franchises in Los Angeles, Florida by Mike Hume on The Washington Post
- London, Seattle, and Chicago unveiled as latest Call of Duty franchises by Ross Deason on Dexerto
- Call of Duty Esports 2020 Season - Team Roster Construction Details by CallofDuty Esports on r/CoDCompetitive
- Welcome to the Call of Duty League - callofdutyleague.com