This past year, Call of Duty Esports has taken a massive leap in what will hopefully be the right direction. After years of independent leagues and tournaments which led into the Call of Duty Pro League for the past few years, the scene will transform again following the introduction of the Franchised-based; Call of Duty League.
What is the Call of Duty League?
The Call of Duty League 2020 is the inaugural global professional franchised offline Call of Duty league. It is operated by Activision and MLG. The League was officially announced on October 10th, 2019 and a crazy amount of rumours this past year.
The League is a global, city-based esports league composed of 12 professional teams, representing 11 markets across North America and Europe.
The Franchised Cities
The cities have been slowly announced one by one and we are slowly finding out their full names, branding and rosters. Below are the cities and the names they have opted to use:
|Atlanta||Atlanta FaZe||Atlanta Esports Ventures|
|Dallas||Dallas Empire||Envy Gaming, Inc|
|Florida||Florida Mutineers||Misfits Gaming|
|London||London Royal Ravens||ReKTGlobal|
|Los Angeles||OpTic Gaming Los Angeles||Immortals Gaming Club|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles Guerrillas||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment|
|Minnesota||Minnesota ROKKR||WISE Ventures, LLC|
|New York||New York Subliners||Andbox|
|Paris||TBC||C0ntact Gaming, LLC|
|Seattle||Seattle Surge||Enthusiast Gaming & Canucks Sports & Entertainment|
|Toronto||Toronto Ultra||OverActive Media|
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
The First Event
Just a couple of days ago the first even Call of Duty League event was announced. It all beings on January 24th, 2020. The opening event takes place over the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend at the Minneapolis Armory. The event will see 12 teams battle it out over three days. We are still waiting for the official ruleset and procedures to be announced.