Call of Duty League

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Call of Duty League
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Event Information
Abbreviation CDL
Organizer Activision
Major League Gaming
Location International International
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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.

History

Announcement

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.[1] 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.[2] On May 2, 2019, Activision unveiled the first five cities participating in the Call of Duty League.[3] The cities announced were:

Further Teams Announced

On July 1, 2019 two more cities were announced:[4]

Two more cities took the total number of announced teams to nine on August 20, 2019:[5]

  • 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:[6]

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.[7] 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.

Teams

The current teams in the Call of Duty League are:

City Team Name Owner Announcement Date First Season
United States Atlanta Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngAtlanta FaZe Atlanta Esports Ventures 2019-05-02 2020
United States Chicago Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngChicago Huntsmen NRG 2019-09-13 2020
United States Dallas Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDallas Empire Envy Gaming, Inc (affiliation with Team Envy) 2019-05-02 2020
United States Florida Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFlorida Mutineers Misfits Gaming 2019-08-20 2020
England London London Royal Ravenslogo std.pngLondon Royal Ravens ReKTGlobal 2019-09-13 2020
United States Los Angeles OpTic Gaming Los Angeleslogo std.pngOpTic Gaming Los Angeles Immortals Gaming Club (affiliation with OpTic Gaming) 2019-07-01 2020
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles Guerrillaslogo std.pngLos Angeles Guerrillas Kroenke Sports & Entertainment 2019-08-20 2020
United States Minnesota Minnesota RØKKRlogo std.pngMinnesota RØKKR WISE Ventures, LLC 2019-07-01 2020
United States New York New York Sublinerslogo std.pngNew York Subliners Andbox 2019-05-02 2020
France Paris Paris Legionlogo std.pngParis Legion c0ntact Gaming, LLC 2019-05-02 2020
United States Seattle Seattle Surgelogo std.pngSeattle Surge Enthusiast Gaming & Canucks Sports & Entertainment (affiliation with Luminosity Gaming) 2019-09-13 2020
Canada Toronto Toronto Ultralogo std.pngToronto Ultra OverActive Media (affiliation with Splyce) 2019-05-02 2020

Format

Season

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.[8]

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.

Match Format

All matches will take place in a Best of 5 Series with multiple maps and modes. Mid-match substitutions are allowed.

Age Restriction

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

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.

Events

2020 Season

Game Start End Tournament Location Teams Prize Winner Second
GameIcon MW.png 2020-01-24 2020-07-26 CDL2020logo small.png Call of Duty League 2020 International TBD 12 $ 6,000,000
GameIcon MW.png 2020-05-02 2020-05-03 CDL2020logo small.png Call of Duty League 2020 Midseason Weekend International TBD
GameIcon MW.png CDL2020logo small.png Call of Duty League 2020 Playoffs International TBD

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
United States Johanna Faries League Commissioner
Canada Xav Xav de Matos Head of Public Relations
United States Spencer Peterson Head of Player Relations

Media

  • 2019

References