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Call of Duty League Atlanta Home Series – Stream, Schedule, And More

The next stop in the Call of Duty League™ is this weekend!

The Atlanta Faze will be hosting the second regular season home series event for the 2020 Call of Duty League. The event will take place February 22-23 in Atlanta, GA and feature 8 of the 12 Call of Duty League teams.

The event features the 8 Call of Duty League teams competing against each other and also a 35 open bracket tournament as part of the Call of Duty League Challenger Series.

This event moves the format back to the standard tournament format that many know of Call of Duty. There will be a winner crowned at this event, unlike the Launch Weekend event.

The first-round matchups for each group will be determined ahead of each event by the League Office. Over the course of each Home Series Weekend, the four teams that have won two matches in their respective groups will advance to compete in a single-elimination bracket to determine the Home Series Weekend event winner.

Groups:

Schedule:

Saturday, February 22

  • 10:00AM ET: Minnesota ROKKR vs. Paris Legion
  • 11:30AM ET: London Royal Ravens vs. Florida Mutineers
  • 1:00PM ET: Chicago Huntsmen vs. Toronto Ultra
  • 3:00PM ET: Atlanta Faze vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • 4:30PM ET: TBD
  • 6:00PM ET: TBD
  • 7:30PM ET: TBD
  • 9:00PM ET: TBD

Sunday, February 23

  • 11:00AM ET: TBD
  • 12:30PM ET: TBD
  • 2:00PM ET: Semi Finals 1
  • 3:30PM ET: Semi Finals 2
  • 5:00PM ET: Grand Finals – Match Up TBD

Stream:

DAY 1 STREAM:

DAY 2 STREAM:

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YouTube paid Activision Blizzard close to $160M for OWL, CDL for three years

The Esports Observer, citing sources familiar with the negotiations and contracts, states that the YouTube deal with Activision Blizzard to have Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone esports be exclusively streamed on YouTube is valued at $160M for three year deal.

Activision Blizzard announced prior to the start of the Call of Duty League that YouTube would be the exclusive streaming partner for the stream.

The Esports Observer reports that the OWL was the majority value of the deal, and CDL was lesser with Hearthstone behind it.

The report states that Overwatch League was worth a significant amount with Call of Duty League not that far behind. Esports Observer claims Activision Blizzard “threw in” Hearthstone esports as part of this deal.

The site states that the deal has a significant advantage for teams and league as it has money incentives for reaching certain targets, something which the original Overwatch League x Twitch deal did not. That was valued at $90M. The targets include ad sales and viewership numbers.

The deal was a partnership between Google and Activision Blizzard and also includes Google Cloud as the server provider for Activision Blizzard games.

SOURCE: Esports Observer

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Call of Duty League Playlist coming to Modern Warfare on February 11

As part of the roadmap for Season 2 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the team has announced a Call of Duty League playlist is coming to the game.

The roadmap notes that a CDL Playlist will be LIVE in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Day 1 of Season 2, which is February 11.

The roadmap does not have details on how the CDL Playlist will work or whether it will be ranked. The mode could just be a playlist with CDL rules enabled for all players to jump on and try out what the pro players are playing as part of the 2020 Call of Duty League Season.

 Fight like the pros in this Call of Duty League ruleset playlist. In this playlist, the settings and available weapons, maps, and modes have been altered, so you can battle like the best of ‘em. Get a look at the complete Call of Duty League ruleset here, then jump into the playlist. 

Players have been asking Infinity Ward for some kind of Ranked or League Play since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched. Now, there’s finally a dedicated esports playlist for players to play.

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Call of Duty League London Home Series – Stream, Schedule, And More

The next stop in the Call of Duty League™ is this weekend!

The London Royal Ravens will be hosting the first regular season homestead event for the 2020 Call of Duty League. The event will take place February 8-9 and feature 8 of the 12 Call of Duty League teams.

The event features the 8 Call of Duty League teams competing against each other and also a 35 open bracket tournament as part of the Call of Duty League Challenger Series.

This event moves the format back to the standard tournament format that many know of Call of Duty. There will be a winner crowned at this event, unlike the Launch Weekend event.

The first-round matchups for each group will be determined ahead of each event by the League Office. Over the course of each Home Series Weekend, the four teams that have won two matches in their respective groups will advance to compete in a single-elimination bracket to determine the Home Series Weekend event winner.

Groups:

Schedule:

Saturday, February 8

  • 6:00AM ET: Paris Legion vs. New York Subliners
  • 7:30AM ET: Dallas Empire vs. Seattle Surge
  • 9:00AM ET: Chicago Huntsmen vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • 11:00AM ET: London Royal Ravens vs. Toronto Ultra
  • 12:30PM ET: TBD
  • 2:00PM ET: TBD

Sunday, February 9

  • 5:30AM ET: TBD
  • 7:00AM ET: TBD
  • 8:30AM ET:TBD
  • 10:00AM ET: TBD
  • 12:00PM ET: Semi Finals 1
  • 1:30PM ET: Semi Finals 2
  • 3:00PM ET: Grand Finals – Match Up TBD

Stream:

YouTube Stream will be embedded here once available.

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Activision looking to offer rewards for watching Call of Duty League on YouTube

Activision Blizzard announced on Friday a new multi year agreement with Google and YouTube to have YouTube as the exclusive streaming partner of the company’s esports leagues.

The newly launched Call of Duty League will be exclusively streamed on YouTube all year long, alongside the Overwatch League.

For the Overwatch League, in the past with Twitch, the league offered in game rewards for watching the stream for certain durations. Call of Duty has even offered some rewards for watching major content creators streams in Modern Warfare over the past few months.

Now, Activision Blizzard Esports CEO says on Twitter they’re ‘exploring ways’ to offer rewards for watching the Call of Duty League on YouTube.

Ryan Wyatt, also known as Fwiz, the head of gaming at YouTube also confirmed in an interview on Wired on Friday that it’s in their roadmap to add support for rewards by watching the stream, but there wasn’t a date yet for it to be added.

Wyatt shared that, in the future, it’s “very much on our roadmap” for them to offer rewards for Call of Duty and Overwatch League viewers.

YouTube does appear to support the feature of giving rewards for watching streams, as Epic Games offered exclusive rewards for watching Fortnite in YouTube in the past.

We’ll keep you updated on this feature as more is shared in the future.

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Call of Duty League 2020 season to be streamed on YouTube

Activision Blizzard has announced a partnership with to be the official streaming partner for the 2020 Call of Duty League season.

All of the 2020 Call of Duty League matches will be viewable on YouTube on the official Call of Duty League channel throughout the 2020 season.

Activision Blizzard and Google announced today a multi-year strategic relationship to power new player experiences. Google Cloud will serve as the preferred provider for Activision Blizzard’s game hosting infrastructure and YouTube as its exclusive streaming partner worldwide, excluding China, for live broadcasts of its popular esports leagues and events — including Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, and more. 

With hundreds of millions of monthly active users around the world, Activision Blizzard sought a partner to help enhance its gaming infrastructure, as well as deliver superior, low-latency player experiences. The company turned to Google Cloud because of its highly reliable global footprint, advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and commitment to open source, creating a platform for building future gaming innovations. 

Players will benefit by experiencing premium network quality-of-service, including low latency and packet loss when playing high-fidelity games on any device. They will also have optimal personalized interactions, as Activision Blizzard can tap into Google Cloud’s AI tools to offer curated recommendations for in-game offers and differentiated gaming experiences. 

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience,” said Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud. “We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

“We’re excited to partner with Google to drive the next generation of gaming innovation for the industry. Google Cloud’s best-in-class infrastructure gives us the confidence to deliver great entertainment to our fans around the world,” said Jacques Erasmus, Chief Information Officer, Activision Blizzard. 

Additionally, beginning this week, YouTube will host the official live broadcasts of Activision Blizzard’s popular esports leagues and events including the newly created Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, Hearthstone Esports, and more. The inaugural Call of Duty League season kicks off on Friday, January 24, with 12 teams competing in Minnesota, and the Overwatch League’s 2020 season will follow on February 8. All competitions will be livestreamed on each league’s YouTube channel and will include archived and other special content. 

“With more than 200 million gamers a day watching more than 50 billion hours of gaming content per year, YouTube provides gamers and their passionate fans with the most popular video gaming platform in the world,” said Ryan Wyatt, Head of Gaming, YouTube. “Both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League are the quintessential examples of world class esports content. As a former Call of Duty esports commentator myself, I couldn’t be more excited for Activision Blizzard to choose YouTube as its exclusive home for the digital live streaming of both leagues. This partnership further demonstrates our dedication to having a world class live streaming product for gaming.” 

“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world,” said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports. “It’s our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube’s powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment.”

This collaboration with Activision Blizzard represents Google’s ongoing commitment to supporting game developer success around the globe. Across its business units, Google offers comprehensive solutions for game developers, empowering them to create great games, connect with players, and scale their businesses.

The Call of Duty League begins on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend hosted by Minnesota ROKKR.

Learn more about the event here.

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Call of Duty League Gear available now in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

With the launch of the Call of Duty League, Activision has stepped up their game and are finally bringing gear centered around the teams in the Call of Duty League to the game as the new season starts.

Starting now in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, team gear for all 12 Call of Duty League teams are available for purchase in the Store in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Each team pack is $9.99.

Players can visit the Store this week to get official Call of Duty League gear for your Operators in game. The team packs include home and away skins for your Operators, weapon camos that can be equipped to any weapon, calling cards, and more. Celebrate your favorite team by heading to the Franchise Store tab in the Modern Warfare Store and scroll down to pick up the Call of Duty League team bundle of your choice.

Here’s a look at the Minnesota ROKKR, Atlanta FaZe, Dallas Empire, and Chicago Huntsmen gear, available now in the store alongside gear for all 12 teams.

There’s no set end date for when these bundles will be removed, but if you want to represent your favorite team in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – now’s your chance!

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Call of Duty League announces sponsors for 2020 season

Activision Blizzard has announced the sponsors for the 2020 Call of Duty League season, which will be played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The sponsors announced include SCUF Gaming, ASTRO Gaming, PlayStation, and US Air Force.

PlayStation will also be the presenting partner of the Call of Duty Challengers, the amateur circuit of the Call of Duty League. It’s officially called the Call of Duty Challengers presented by PS4.

Here’s the list of sponsors, as announced by Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues:

“This coming weekend in Minneapolis we kick off the next chapter of Call of Duty esports, and we couldn’t be prouder to have these incredible brands as partners for the inaugural Call of Duty League season,” said Brandon Snow, Activision Blizzard Esports League Chief Revenue Officer. “Our partners not only support the players on their mission to win the first Call of Duty League Championship, they provide our fans around the world a better experience while attending Home Series matches or streaming at home.”

MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® returns to Call of Duty esports in a multi-year agreement which solidifies the brand as the official beverage of the Call of Duty League, the official beverage of the Call of Duty League City Circuit™ and the official beverage of the Call of Duty Challengers™. The sponsorship extends to the 2022 season of the Call of Duty League.

“We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Call of Duty League in celebration of players around the world and their love of the iconic game,” said Erin Chin, Senior Director, Marketing, MTN DEW. “As MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL enters another banner year, we’re thrilled to keep delivering unique partnerships and best-in-class experiences for the gamers and fans who inspired the product’s creation.”

PlayStation® returns to Call of Duty esports in 2020 with PlayStation®4 as the official platform of the Call of Duty League and the official partner of Call of Duty Challengers. At League Weekend events – including the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend – PlayStation® will be the presenting sponsor of Call of Duty Challengers competition. As part of the path to pro amateur competition structure, PlayStation® will present the Challengers Points Leaderboard on CallofDutyLeague.com as well sponsor key video content, including the post-match on-stage series “Instant Reaction.”

ASTRO Gaming extends its sponsorship of Call of Duty esports through the 2022 season as the Official Headset and MixAmp of the Call of Duty League. In addition to ASTRO Headsets and MixAmps on the mainstage of all events, the company will sponsor a new video content series for the Call of Duty League and will sponsor the Call of Duty League season MVP award. ASTRO Listen-In segments will be featured in every match played this season. Finally, ASTRO is producing a special edition Call of Duty League A40 TR Headset and A40 Speaker Tags for each pro team.

“We’re proud to extend our long-term partnership with Call of Duty esports in the new Call of Duty League. We’re committed to providing all competitors with immersive game audio and precise voice communication,” said Aron Drayer, Vice President of Marketing at ASTRO Gaming. “We’re also excited about creating a special edition headset for the league and all of the new city-based teams.”

Pre-Order your CDL A40 TR Headset and CDL A40 Team Speaker Tags here today @ https://www.astrogaming.com/en-us/customize/special-editions/call-of-duty-league.html

SCUF Gaming will continue its longstanding sponsorship in Call of Duty esports through the 2021 season as the official controller of the Call of Duty League. SCUF will activate throughout League Weekend events and continue its sponsorship of the documentary short series “Behind the Controller” and produce official, special edition Call of Duty League controllers for each of the twelve franchise teams.

SCUF Gaming “SCUF®” is a creator of high-performance gaming controllers and provides accessories and customized gaming controllers for console and PC that are used by top professional gamers as well as casual gamers. Built to specification, SCUF controllers offer a number of functional and design features custom built to increase hand use and improve gameplay.

“Both esports and Call of Duty are deeply rooted in our core DNA so we are delighted that the day has finally come for Call of Duty League to launch. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited to be a foundational partner and to continue innovating the way gamers use a controller to help them perform at the highest level,” said Duncan Ironmonger, CEO & Founder of SCUF Gaming. “Since inception, we’ve been dedicated to supporting the growth of esports; creating the features that have made SCUF an extension of the player to maximize their performance. After 17 years in the making, we’re excited that Call of Duty League Launch Weekend has finally come.”

New to Call of Duty esports is the U.S. Air Force. As part of a one-year agreement, the U.S. Air Force will activate on-site at League weekend events and be featured in League broadcasts. The U.S. Air Force and Call of Duty League will offer fans an opportunity to experience flight simulators in technology-enabled experiential activations for Call of Duty fans. The U.S. Air Force will also be sponsors of a “Match Metrics” broadcast feature, as on-air talent leads pregame examination of the teams that are about to square off.

The Call of Duty League season begins in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend – hosted by the Minnesota RØKKR franchise – on January 24, 2020.

The Call of Duty League follows a home-vs-away format with 5-vs-5 professional match play, with 12 teams in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, London, Los Angeles (2), Minnesota, New York, Paris, Seattle, and Toronto. Throughout the season, each team will host “Home Series” weekends in their market, with multiple pro teams competing at each event.

Call of Duty League also announced Outerstuff, an industry leader in branded apparel, is the developer of official player kits and fan apparel for the 2020 season. In addition, Call of Duty League has signed Mitchell & Ness for authentic, league-licensed headwear across all teams in the league.

Call of Duty League fans worldwide can now access all of their favorite team gear from Outerstuff and Mitchell & Ness, and other League Licensees, through the official Call of Duty League Store at Shop.CallofDutyLeague.com, a Fanatics experience, both domestically and internationally. This further broadens the long-term relationship between Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) and Fanatics, the global leader for licensed merchandise

The 2020 Call of Duty League begins on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend event hosted by Minnesota ROKKR. The league features 12 city based teams with teams traveling to home markets for home stead events throughout the year with the season finishing with the Call of Duty League Championship event.

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Call of Duty League Launch Weekend Details – Schedule, Streams, And More

It’s finally here…the start of the Call of Duty League.

The Call of Duty League is the brand new esports organization for Call of Duty franchise going forward with city based teams owning spots in the league. The league is operated officially by Activision Blizzard.

The inaugural season of the Call of Duty League begins with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend hosted by Minnesota Røkkr at the Minneapolis Armory, January 24-26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This first-ever event in the new league will feature all 12 teams competing live and in-person over the course of three days of matches.

The Call of Duty League Launch Weekend is more than just an action-packed home series for Minnesota Røkkr; it is a celebration of every new team for fans and players alike. The event will feature player meet-and-greets, engaging fan activities and live experiences throughout the weekend.

The league officially launches on January 24 with the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend event in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted by the Minnesota ROKKR team.

The event features the 12 Call of Duty League teams competing against each other and also a 192 open bracket tournament as part of the Call of Duty League Challenger Series.

Schedule

Friday, January 24

  • 5:30PM ET: Chicago Huntsmen vs. Dallas Empire
  • 6:45PM ET: Seattle Surge vs. Florida Mutineers
  • 8:00PM ET: Los Angeles Guerrillas vs. Minnesota ROKKR

Saturday, January 25

  • 2:30PM ET: New York Subliners vs. London Royal Ravens
  • 3:45PM ET: Toronto Ultra vs. Seattle Surge
  • 5:00PM ET: Los Angeles Guerrillas vs. Florida Mutineers
  • 6:15PM ET: OpTic Gaming Los Angeles vs. Paris Legion
  • 7:30PM ET: Atlanta Faze vs. Dallas Empire

Sunday, January 26

  • 2:30PM ET: Paris Legion vs. London Royal Ravens
  • 4:00PM ET: Chicago Huntsmen vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • 6:00PM ET: New York Subliners vs. Atlanta Faze
  • 7:15PM ET: Toronto Ultra vs. Minnesota ROKKR.

Streams

The streaming platform has not been announced at this time. Stay tuned.

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Call of Duty League Team Skins coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Update

UPDATE – Jan 20 at 7:00PM ET: Activision Blog has since deleted the “This Week in Call of Duty” blog post that detailed the launch of CDL team camos. The company also had an article up detailing some of the CDL teams that had references and images, shown below, of the CDL team camos. That reference and images have been since removed.

We’ve reached out for a comment from the company.

Original Story:

Activision Blizzard has announced that Call of Duty League team customization gear is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as the company celebrates the launch of the brand new Call of Duty esports league.

All 12 Call of Duty League teams will have their own gear sets in-game in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for players.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Store on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will see Call of Duty League Gear starting January 24, including Home and Away skins for Operators, Weapon Camos, calling cards, and more.

Players can visit the Store this week to get official Call of Duty League gear for your Operators in game. The team packs include home and away skins for your Operators, weapon camos that can be equipped to any weapon, calling cards, and more. Celebrate your favorite team by heading to the Franchise Store tab in the Modern Warfare Store and scroll down to pick up the Call of Duty League team bundle of your choice, scheduled to launch on January 24. 

Here’s a look at more bundles:

Available January 24.

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