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Dallas Call of Duty League team announces team name and branding

The Dallas Call of Duty team has officially announced their logo and branding for the 2020 Call of Duty League.

The team will be called the Dallas Empire.

Here’s the official team logo:

The Dallas Empire team is owned by Envy. The team has been announcing their new roster players throughout this past week, and revealed their five starting players for the 2020 season:

  • James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks
  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro
  • Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland
  • Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal
  • Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter
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Dallas is the third team to reveal their logo and name after London team did earlier this week, followed by Los Angeles Guerrillas revealing their name on Twitter.

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2019 Call of Duty World League Championship – Streams, Schedule, And More

It’s almost time for the final event of the 2019 Call of Duty World League Season!

This weekend, 32 teams will compete in the Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 as the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 competitive season comes to an end. CWL Champs takes place August 14-18 in Los Angeles, CA. August 14-15 will be the Group Play matches with August 16-18 being the bracket play for the event.

32 teams will be competing for their share of the $2,000,000 prize pool — the highest CWL Champs prize pool since 2016.

You can watch the entire event live on Twitch, MLG, and via the in-game event viewer in Black Ops 4 on PS4.

The event will kick off with Group Play matches on August 14 and 15. The top two teams from each of the groups will advance to the Bracket Play, which begins on Friday, August 16.

Groups:

Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 14: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET
  • Thursday, August 15: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET
  • Friday, August 16: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET
  • Saturday, August 17: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET
  • Sunday, August 18: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Here’s Group Play schedule for August 14 and August 15:

The schedules for August 16-18 will be added once revealed.

Main Stream:

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You can watch the Bravo, Charlie, and Delta streams for CWL Champs here.

The 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship also marks the end of the CWL era for Call of Duty esports.

Activision will be transitioning Call of Duty esports to a franchised based league starting 2020 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare featuring city based teams. More information on the new Call of Duty League will be announced soon.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be playable at CWL Champs

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Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer will be playable at the 2019 CWL Champs.

The 2019 CWL Champs takes place August 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA, and marks the end of the 2019 Call of Duty esports season with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Activision has not said which modes of MP of Modern Warfare will be playable at Champs, but if you’re attending, you can stop by the PlayStation booth at the event to get your first hands on before the beta.

For those not attending Champs, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Open Beta is coming in September. The Beta begins September 12 on PS4.

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Report: Call of Duty League 2020 will start with home/away game format, announcement coming

SportsBusinessDaily is reporting that Activision Blizzard Esports League will announce today plans for the 2020 Call of Duty League to start with the home and away game format that the franchised league will allow.

The news comes as Overwatch League announced the 2020 season format where each team will be hosting homestead events throughout the course of different weekends in 2020 starting in February.

New Call of Duty Esports Commissioner Johanna Faries sent a statement to SportsBusinessDaily today: “We’re thrilled that the future of ‘Call of Duty’ esports will bring more competitive events to fans in cities around the globe. With seven teams already signed on, we anticipate a robust slate of events held in all home markets.”

SportsBusinessDaily is reporting that Activision Blizzard Esports League plans to have 12 teams for the league next year with only 7 confirmed thus far – Atlanta, Dallas, L.A., Minneapolis, N.Y., Paris and Toronto.

Stay tuned for updates.

SOURCE: SportsBusinessDaily

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CWL Miami – Pro League Finals + Champs Qualifiers Event Details

The last major open event for the 2019 Call of Duty World League season takes place this weekend on July 19-21! The Call of Duty World League heads to a new location for the first time to celebrate the end of the 2019 Pro League season, Miami, Florida! CWL Finals takes place in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The CWL Finals Event features the end of the Pro League 2019 Season, with the top 10 teams competing in the Finals for their share of $1,250,000 prize pool. 8 teams have already secured their spot in the Finals, and two more will secure it during a play in tournament at Miami. CWL Finals also features a dedicated amateur open tournament with its own price pool with $75,000 on the line for amateur dedicated tournament. The top 16 amateur teams will secure a spot for the 2019 CWL Championship event in August.

Live from the Miami Beach Convention Center, the CWL Finals is the culmination for a 12-week CWL Pro League season – acting as the location for the season playoffs, an event that had previously been held at the MLG Arena in Columbus, Ohio. CWL Finals also acts as the final MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® Open Bracket event of the season. Amateur teams from around the world will compete for a championship prize pool as well as a chance to compete at the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship later this year.

The top 16 teams in the CWL Finals MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® Open Bracket will earn entry to the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship, giving budding Call of Duty esports stars an opportunity to vie for glory against the best teams in the world.

The entire action will be streamed live on Twitch, MLG, and in the game live event viewer on PlayStation 4 in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Brackets:

Play In Tournament Bracket:

Pro League Finals Bracket:

Schedule:

  • Friday, July 19: Stream begins at 9AM PT / 12PM ET
  • Saturday, July 20: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET
  • Sunday, July 21: Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Main Stream:

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You can watch the Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Open Bracket streams here.

Following this event, the 2019 Call of Duty World League season for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will conclude on August 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA with the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 which will feature the top 32 teams competing for their share of $2 million prize pool.

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2020 Call of Duty Esports League format to almost resemble Overwatch League 2020 season format

Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues division today shared new details on how the 2020 season of the Overwatch League will work, as it enters its third season in 2020.

The Overwatch League began in 2017 as the first official franchised city-based league in esports with city owners purchasing a spot in the league for millions of dollars. One of Activision Blizzard’s big goals with the Overwatch League was to resemble traditional sports with home based and away based games throughout the season.

Overwatch League started this home/away games idea in 2019 season with Dallas and Atlanta teams hosting a homestead weekend events. For the 2020 Overwatch League season, the entire season will be homestead based — with teams traveling to different cities home stadiums to compete in weekend events. Each team has to play in 28 matches during the season and teams are split in 4 divisions.

Here’s the exact scheduling details with the 2020 OWL:

Each team will host two homestands. On top of those, teams in each division will also collectively host three additional regular-season events in their home territories.

The 2020 season will begin in February next year and conclude in August. Teams will play 28 matches over the course of the regular season, facing in-conference opponents twice each and out-of-conference teams once each. All regular-season matches will be played on weekends, with times optimized for local markets.

Activision Blizzard announced earlier this year that the 2020 Call of Duty esports season will be moving to a franchised based model. Over the last few months, the company has announced a total of 7 cities that have already purchased a spot in 2020 league, with sale price going for $25 million each. Locations confirmed include Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, Minnesota, Paris, and New York.

In an interview with ESTNN, OverActive Media Group’s CEO, the ownership company of the Toronto Overwatch League and Toronto Call of Duty league spot, has stated that this homestead style format will be implemented for the 2020 Call of Duty League format as well, later in the 2020 year.

They knew from the beginning that this was going to need to be modeled after traditional sports. If you are going to build big audiences for esports generally and for the Overwatch League, you’re going to have to be present in the local market. So this commitment to regionalization is something we really believe in and it’s central to the idea of the Overwatch League. It will also be true to the Call of Duty League as well, a little later in the year.

Activision Blizzard has not provided many details on the 2020 Call of Duty League format thus far otherwise saying that more details are coming later this year. It’s not clear when exactly the new league season is set to begin. The 2020 season will be played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

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Activision Blizzard appoints Johanna Faries as Commissioner of Call of Duty esports

Activision Blizzard Esports League today announced the appointment of  Johanna Faries as the new Commissioner for the upcoming franchised Call of Duty League, set to begin in 2020.

Faries joined Activision over a year ago to be the Head of Call of Duty Esports, but is now transitioning to lead the entire business as Commissioner. She was part of the NFL team before joining Activision.

The Activision Blog had an interview with Faries discussing her new role and some of what is changing through the new appointment.

During my initial phase on the job, my team’s focus was really on setting a new product vision for Call of Duty as a city-based franchised league and to design an experience that we believe can grow to become one of the biggest sports leagues on the planet. Now that we have begun to sell franchises to ownership groups all over the world, it’s less about going from a white sheet of paper to what we have shaped now, and more about operating and managing this competitive ecosystem in a best-in-class way.

That’s not to say we aren’t still editing – I think every sports league is always in ‘edit’ phase even decades in! But now that we have a strong product vision and business model to share, and have sold in several team franchises in the process, we can now shift gears toward the planning and execution phase of our work. The role of Commissioner oversees all aspects of those dynamics and the key stakeholders involved in making the system go, so it’s a broader platform for management than where we were back in August when the focus was primarily internal-facing and design-driven.

She also re-confirmed the franchised league is launching in 2020 with the seven cities announced so far, with more to be announced although a final number of teams is not confirmed.

We plan to launch next year, so 2020 is a big moment for all of us. To date, we have announced seven teams for the league: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Paris, and Toronto and they all bring with them world class vision and insight that will supercharge this space. We are also working closely with the Call of Duty franchise team and studio partners to continue to think big about how we can innovate around the competitive experience, with an eye toward being the best league in the world.

Our ambition is quite large, but it’s also what gets us up every day feeling so energized by the potential scale of what Call of Duty esports can deliver. It’s a rush that can feel scary at times, but that thrill is typically where greatness can happen. I feel honored to be a part of it.

SOURCE: Activision

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Los Angeles and Minnesota announced for franchised Call of Duty League

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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2019 Call of Duty World League Championship takes place August 16-18

Activision and MLG have officially announced that the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship, presented by PlayStation 4 will take place August 16-18 in Los Angeles, CA.

The CWL Champs event will mark the end to the 2019 Call of Duty World League Season and the end of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 esports season. 

Tickets to attend the 2019 CWL Champs are on sale soon at MLG.com/CWLChamps

CWL Champs will feature 32 teams competing for the $1.5 million prize pool. 16 teams have already secured their spots, as these were the Pro League teams that are currently competing in the league. The remaining 16 spots will be confirmed during the CWL Finals events on July 19-21 in Miami. 

The 2020 Call of Duty esports league system is expected to see major changes as Activision Blizzard looks to franchise the Call of Duty league, with five teams already confirmed to have purchased a spot in the league.

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CWL Anaheim Event Details – Stream, Schedule, And More

The next major open event for the 2019 Call of Duty World League season takes place this weekend, June 14-16! The Call of Duty World League returns to its iconic event of the year with CWL Anaheim at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA

The CWL Anaheim Event features a dedicated amateur open tournament with its own price pool, alongside including an event for the 16 pro league teams, with $75,000 on the line for amateur dedicated tournament, and $325,000 on the line for the pro event. Mindfreak won the Mtn Dew Game Fuel Open Bracket event.

The Call of Duty World League returns to the Anaheim Convention Center, June 14-16! The final regular season event of the season will feature all 16 CWL Pro League teams battling for the Anaheim Cup. This also marks the penultimate dedicated amateur Game Fuel open bracket competition of the season ahead of the CWL Finals in July. Join us at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 14-16 to watch the best Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 players in the world compete on PlayStation® 4 and cheer on hopeful amateur teams as they continue to build their own Call of Duty Esports legacy.

The entire action will be streamed live on Twitch, MLG, and in the game live event viewer on PlayStation 4 in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Pools:

  • Group A:
    • OpTic Gaming
    • Team Heretics
    • Evil Geniuses
    • Denial Esports
  • Group B:
    • eUnited
    • Team Reciprocity
    • Elevate
    • UYU
  • Group C:
    • FaZe Clan
    • Splyce
    • Midnight Esports
    • Enigma6
  • Group D:
    • 100 Thieves
    • Gen.G
    • Team Envy
    • Luminosity

Schedule:

  • Friday, June 14: Stream begins at 2PM Pacific / 5PM Eastern
  • Saturday, June 15: Stream begins at 2PM Pacific / 5PM Eastern
  • Sunday, June 16: Stream begins at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

Main Stream:

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You can watch the Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Open Bracket streams here.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest Call of Duty World League news!

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