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Call of Duty League
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Event Information
Abbreviation CDL
Organizer Activision
Major League Gaming
Location International
Social Media and Links
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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[edit]

Announcement[edit]

The Call of Duty League was officially announced on October 9, 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[edit]

In June 2018, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

League Sponsors[edit]

On January 23, 2020 the Call of Duty League announced it's list of sponsors for the 2020 season.[8]

The sponsors are PlayStation, MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL®, ASTRO Gaming, SCUF Gaming and U.S. Air Force.

Official Call of Duty League apparel is supplied by Outerstuff, with authentic headwear provided by Mitchell & Ness.

Two more sponsors, Twitter and U.S. Army were announced on March 7.[9]

Teams[edit]

The current teams in the Call of Duty League are:

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

Format[edit]

Season[edit]

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.[10]

Original Format[edit]

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.

Updated Format[edit]

Each home series event will feature an eight team tournament with teams earning points throughout the season to qualify for the season ending playoffs.

Major Weekend Events[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Age Restriction[edit]

Players must be 18 years old or older to compete in official Call of Duty League events.

Two Way Players[edit]

Non-starting players on Call of Duty League rosters will be eligible to compete in official Call of Duty Challengers events.

Challenger Points[edit]

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[edit]

2021 Season[edit]

Game Start End Tournament Location Teams Prize Winner Second
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. Call of Duty League Championship 2021 TBD $ TBD
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. Call of Duty League 2021 International TBD $ TBD

2020 Season[edit]

Game Start End Tournament Location Teams Prize Winner Second
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-09-12 2020-09-13 Call of Duty League 2020 - All-Star Weekend 1v1 North America 32 $ 100,000 Logo std.pngCellium Logo std.pngClayster
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-09-13 2020-09-13 CDL All-Star 2020 - Mobile Exhibition North America 2 Logo std.pngTeam Pros Logo std.pngTeam Casters
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-09-12 2020-09-12 CDL All-Star 2020: US Army 2v2 Face-Off North America 2 Logo std.pngMalik & Dexy Logo std.pngNAMELESS & Flo
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-08-19 2020-08-30 Call of Duty League Championship 2020 North America 12 $ 4,600,000 Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDAL Empire Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-08-30 2020-08-30 CDL Championship 2020: US Army 2v2 Face-Off North America 2 Logo std.pngMaven & MerK Logo std.pngUS Army Esports
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-01-24 2020-08-30 Call of Duty League 2020 International 12 $ 6,000,000
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-08-21 2020-08-21 CDL Championship 2020: Mobile Special Exhibition North America 4 Logo std.pngMiles Ross Logo std.pngMerK
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-07-24 2020-07-26 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 13 - Toronto Canada 8 $ 100,000 Toronto Ultralogo std.pngTOR Ultra Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-07-26 2020-07-26 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 6 North America 14 $ 8,000 Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDAL Empire OpTic Gaming Los Angeleslogo std.pngOpTic Gaming LA
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-07-17 2020-07-19 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 12 - London United States 8 $ 100,000 Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDAL Empire Paris Legionlogo std.pngPAR Legion
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-07-19 2020-07-19 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 5 North America $ 10,000 Logo std.pngTeam SiLLY Logo std.pngTeam Octane
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-07-12 2020-07-12 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 4 North America $ 10,000 Logo std.pngPriestahh & Cellium Logo std.pngDenz & Zed
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-07-10 2020-07-12 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 11 - New York United States 8 $ 100,000 New York Sublinerslogo std.pngNY Subliners Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI Huntsmen
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-06-19 2020-06-21 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 10 - Paris United States 8 $ 100,000 Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFLA Mutineers Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-06-21 2020-06-21 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 3 North America 60 $ 10,000 Logo std.pngRambo Logo std.pngiLLeY
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-06-12 2020-06-14 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 9 - Minnesota Minneapolis 8 $ 100,000 Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFLA Mutineers Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-06-14 2020-06-14 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 2 North America 15 $ 10,000 Logo std.pngTeam Ricky Logo std.pngTeam Loony
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-05-22 2020-05-24 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 8 - Seattle Seattle 8 $ 100,000 Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI Huntsmen London Royal Ravenslogo std.pngLDN Royal Ravens
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-05-24 2020-05-24 CDL Warzone Weekend: Week 1 North America 12 $ 10,000 Paris Legionlogo std.pngPAR Legion Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFLA Mutineers
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-05-08 2020-05-10 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 7 - Florida United States 8 $ 100,000 Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe OpTic Gaming Los Angeleslogo std.pngOpTic Gaming LA
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-04-24 2020-04-26 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 6 - Chicago Chicago 8 $ 100,000 Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDAL Empire Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-04-10 2020-04-12 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 5 - Dallas Dallas 8 $ 100,000 Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFLA Mutineers Minnesota RØKKRlogo std.pngMIN RØKKR
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-04-05 2020-04-05 Call of Duty League 2020 Exhibition Match 2 4
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-03-29 2020-03-29 Call of Duty League 2020 Exhibition Match 1 2
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-03-07 2020-03-08 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 4 - Los Angeles Los Angeles 8 $ 100,000 Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDAL Empire Minnesota RØKKRlogo std.pngMIN RØKKR
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-02-22 2020-02-23 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 3 - Atlanta College Park 8 $ 100,000 Atlanta FaZelogo std.pngATL FaZe Florida Mutineerslogo std.pngFLA Mutineers
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-02-08 2020-02-09 Call of Duty League 2020 Week 2 - London London 8 $ 100,000 Chicago Huntsmenlogo std.pngCHI Huntsmen Dallas Empirelogo std.pngDAL Empire
Script error: The function "game" does not exist. 2020-01-24 2020-01-26 Call of Duty League 2020 Launch Weekend Minneapolis 12

Organization[edit]

Current[edit]

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

Media[edit]

  • 2019
  • 2020

References[edit]