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Call of Duty League cancels all Home Series events and shifts to online format

Activision Blizzard Esports has announced that the all Call of Duty League Home Series Events will be canceled because of concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

All Home Series Live Events for the 2020 season are canceled and shifting to an online format.

Here’s the statement:

The health and safety of employees, fans, players, teams, and partners is paramount to Activision Blizzard Esports. We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus), city-level recommendations and mandates, and all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After careful review and working in close collaboration with our teams, we are shifting all currently scheduled 2020 Call of Duty League live events to online-only competition, effective immediately. For details on previously ticketed events, please visit host team websites and follow their social channels.

The new online-only matches will be broadcast live to fans. Dates will be announced shortly, along with tune-in details. Call of Duty League has seen firsthand the power of our live events in our inaugural season, and will return to city-based competition in front of live audiences as soon as it is safe and logistically possible.

In the interim, Call of Duty League is confident it will continue to deliver fans what they want: amazing competition between the best players, competing at the highest level, for the right to be considered the greatest team on earth.

Thank you.

The Call of Duty League also sent a statement from Commissioner Johanna Faries:

“The COVID-19 crisis has posed incredibly serious challenges to so many people around the globe, and the Call of Duty League community has felt its impact as well. The decision to shift upcoming live events to online competition was a difficult one for all of us, but done with the goal of ensuring the wellbeing of our incredible fans, players, coaches, employees, and partners. We plan to publish more information about upcoming online matches soon, still broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

We understand how disappointing this may be for fans who planned to attend upcoming live Home Series and we hope to be back in front of live audiences later this year. In the meantime, let’s continue to support our teams and players in doing what they do so well.”

This news comes as Overwatch League also announced cancellation of all March and April events for their league as well on March 11. The LA Home Series went ahead as planned this past weekend, as CDL said they implemented additional health precautions at this event.

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Call of Duty League adds additional sponsors

The Call of Duty League has announced the addition of two new sponsors for the league as the first season of the CDL continues this weekend with the LA Home Series.

The announcement states that the two new sponsors for the Call of Duty League are Twitter and the U.S Army.

“We have seen excitement for the new Call of Duty League grow since the season kicked off in January 2020, and we couldn’t be prouder to announce additional partners for the future vision of Call of Duty esports,” said Josh Cella, Head of Global Partnerships, Activision Blizzard Esports. “Each of these brands will help deliver fresh content and experiences to our global audience as the best players in the world compete to win the first Call of Duty League Championship.”

Activision Blizzard Esports says Twitter will be the official partner for Call of Duty League highlights and community engagement for the next three seasons.

The CDL will be using Twitter for fan predictions, team hashtag emojis, and more unique activations to come.

“The Call of Duty community has been one of the largest gaming communities on Twitter, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Activision Blizzard to continue to support this vibrant community,” says Rishi Chadha, Global Head of Gaming Content Partnerships. “In 2019 alone, Call of Duty Esports had 3 of the Top 10 most talked about esports events in the world, and this long-term partnership shows our commitment to the continued success of Call of Duty Esports.”

The second new sponsor is the U.S Army, who will be partnering to activate at Call of Duty League and Call Duty Challenger events.

U.S. Army will be featured in League broadcasts throughout the season as the sponsor of a special segment dubbed “Tactical Play,” in which on-air analysts review key highlights from League matches. At select League events, U.S. Army will offer fans walk-up and play opportunities, adding to the multitude of ways fans in attendance can experience Call of Duty.

U.S. Army will also be the presenting sponsor of a forthcoming collegiate duos competition tournament series. Call of Duty® Collegiate will be open to eligible college students in the United States and Canada. More information on the collegiate series is coming soon, including eligibility information for registration. The tournament will be offered on the GameBattles platform and operated by Tespa, the leader in collegiate gaming.

These announcements come after the first set of sponsors that were announced back in January for the Call of Duty League which included PlayStation, Game Fuel, Scuf Gaming, ASTRO Gaming, and U.S Air Force.

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

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

The Los Angeles and OpTic Gaming Los Angeles will be hosting the third regular season home series event for the 2020 Call of Duty League. The event will take place March 7-8 in Los Angeles, CA 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, alongside taking home $50,000 and earning more CDL Points.

Tournament Prizing:

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, March 7

  • 1:00PM ET: Atlanta FaZe vs. Florida Mutineers
  • 2:30PM ET: Minnesota ROKKR vs. Seattle Surge
  • 4:00PM ET: Dallas Empire vs. New York Subliners
  • 6:00PM ET: Los Angeles Guerrillas vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • 7:30PM ET: TBD
  • 9:00PM ET: TBD
  • 10:30PM ET: TBD

Sunday, March 7

  • 12:00PM ET: TBD
  • 2:00PM ET:
  • 3:30PM ET:
  • 5:00PM ET: Semi Finals 1
  • 6:30PM ET: Semi Finals 2
  • 8:00PM ET: Grand Finals – Match Up TBD

Stream:

DAY 1 STREAM:

DAY 2 STREAM:

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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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