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Call of Duty League Championship to be played online

Activision has announced that, after consulting with players, teams, and intern staff, the 2020 Call of Duty League Championship will be played online.

The COVID-19 risks continue with cases increasing in the US, and as such, for the safety of everyone involved, they are hosting the remainder of the season online. Dates to be announced.

Here’s Activision’s announcement:

The Call of Duty League has been working in close collaboration with teams and players over the last several months regarding the 2020 Season Playoffs and Championship Weekend. The majority of teams voted to shift the remainder of the season online due to the rising risks associated with COVID-19, and our collective priority on protecting the safety of our teams, players, league staff, and partner personnel. This decision was made with great care, communication, and consideration over the course of many discussions. 

In light of this shift, and with the 2020 Season Playoffs and Championship Weekend on the horizon, we’re revealing some of the new technology improvements and measures we will be taking to further monitor for competitive integrity:

Smile, You’re on Camera

The League is providing all competitors with a universal camera setup that will be active throughout all matches. The cameras will provide visibility for league officials to view and check each competitor’s console, controller, and monitor as needed. Once a match reaches an official ready check status, players will need to be seated and on camera. The cameras will be in place prior to the start of the New York Subliners Home Series on July 10.

Veto Power

Currently, for each CDL Home Series, teams are provided a list of three servers (from a pool of nine) to test and determine which servers they prefer to veto. During the Playoffs and Championship Weekend, we will increase the veto server options to five for each match. By adding more options, we have increased the probability of getting the best possible server for both teams. Additionally, with more servers in play for each match, there will also be more fallback options if there’s an unexpected issue.

Calling in the Reinforcements

Lastly, we’re going to bulk up our production, technical, and officiating staffing teams. We want to be ready to handle any and all issues that might crop up in an online competition environment.

More updates regarding the shift to online competition will be shared in the coming weeks. We appreciate the continued collaboration with our teams, players, and community members as we seek to deliver an amazing and safe postseason experience for all involved.

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Call of Duty League caster Momo fired after internal investigation

Activision Blizzard has fired Phil “Momo” from the Call of Duty League after allegations of sexual misconduct, including sending inappropriate messages to females, surfaced last week from people within the community.

The allegations were reportedly shown to Activision Blizzard directly by an individual from the community.

In a statement posted to his Twitter, Momo says he is no longer part of the Call of Duty League, and that an internal investigation is currently ongoing from Activision over messages he sent to female members in the gaming community.

With effect from 30th June 2020, I was released from employment with Activision Blizzard. This decision follows what was described to me as an internal investigation after old messages that I’d sent to female members of the gaming community had been passed to my employer. For confidentiality reasons, the detail of these messages and the recipients were not disclosed, which I fully respect. I cannot therefore respond to the specific allegations and their context.

The statement he posted on Twitter states that he sent messages to multiple female members in the gaming community, which made many of them feel ‘uncomfortable’ and led them to report the messages to Activision Blizzard anonymously.

The generic nature of the complaints is that my messages made the recipients feel uncomfortable. To put it bluntly, in my messages, I was ‘trying my luck’ with women who hadn’t invited my attention, and I was being forward when I shouldn’t have been. Some of the exchanges contained sexual content from both sides. I did not believe at the time that I was making the recipients uncomfortable. Had I known this I would not have continued conversing in this way.

Momo says he takes ‘full ownership’ of his actions and is ‘sorry’ for tasteless humor in his messages sent.

The person I was back then is not the person I am now. I take full ownership for my misjudgements and would stress how sorry I am for my conduct. I’m sorry for my immaturity, I’m sorry for any explicit content or graphic language I used, I’m sorry for any tasteless humour, and I’m sorry to anybody who I’ve caused offense to or who has suffered in any way as a result of my actions. I hope they read this message and believe these words.

Activision Blizzard has not issued a statement in regards to this at this time.

SOURCE: Momo

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Call of Duty League Minnesota Home Series postponed

The Call of Duty League has announced that this weekend’s Minnesota Home Series event has been postponed.

The event will now take place next weekend, June 12-14. The Minnesota ROKKR team also followed up on the announcement with their the own statement.

“In light of recent and current events, this weekend’s Call of Duty League Minnesota Røkkr Home Series will be postponed one week to June 12-14,” the statement read. “We will share more details soon, including how the Call of Duty League family plans to pay tribute to George Floyd and dedicate this Home Series to supporting the fight for social justice and the rights of black and minority communities, as well as organizations assisting with rebuilding efforts both in Minneapolis and nationwide.”

“We have been working closely with CDL since last week on how we can use the the event to raise money for charitable organizations supporting racial justice and community rebuilding efforts,” Brett Diamond, COO of Wise Ventures and the RØKKR, said. “Scheduling was part of those discussions but the decision was made in the past 24 hours.”

The league has decided to postpone the event because of the current protests over police brutality in America.

Protestors across the country have been in the streets for over a week now, standing up for Black Lives Matter and taking a stand against police brutality.

Activision this week also delayed the launch of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7.

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Updates on Call of Duty League Season announced, in-game rewards for watching on the way

Activision Blizzard Esports has announced some updates as the 2020 Call of Duty Leaague Season continues.

The company has announced that CDL In-Game Rewards will become available for players who watch the league is planned and coming soon. This will be the first time that Call of Duty esports is offering rewards for watching since Call of Duty: WWII, where players were given Supply Drops. In Modern Warfare, players will get League themed cosmetics by watching.

Watching Call of Duty League competition will soon earn you exclusive cross-platform in-game Call of Duty League-themed rewards, including new team emblems, sprays, and animated calling cards. Earn in-game rewards by enjoying live Call of Duty League matches on the CDL website or COD companion app while signed into your Activision account. Don’t have an account? Create one here. More information on the launch of the viewership rewards program is coming soon.


The company has also announced an expanded Call of Duty League Championship event to now have all 12 teams (versus a small set that was planned). The Championship event will see all teams compete, with Home Series events now having more weight as the teams need wins to get a prime spot for Champs. Champs is set to take place in August 2020, per the announcement.

The tournament format of the Call of Duty League Championship will now feature all 12 teams, as opposed to the original eight-team structure, opening the door to potential upsets and Cinderella runs!Home Series victories now mean more than ever, with League standings being the determining factor on a team’s starting position in the final tournament of the year. 1st and 2nd placed teams in the CDL Standings, for example, will automatically skip the first two rounds of the event’s Winner’s Bracket. The better a team’s regular season record, the closer they get to the illustrious Grand Final. The double-elimination tournament will take place in August 2020.

Prize Pool Distribution for Champs:

With the change of structure, the following redistribution of prize pool earnings has been established:

  • 1st (2020 Champion): $2,000,000
  • 2nd (1 team): $1,000,000
  • 3rd (1 team): $500,000
  • 4th (1 team): $300,000
  • 5th (2 teams): $200,000
  • 7th (2 teams): $125,000
  • 9th (2 teams): $75,000
  • 11th/12th (2 teams, last place): $0

Activision Blizzard has also partnered with Infinity Ward and players for a brand new CDL Warzone Weekend tournament called CDL Warzone Weekends presented by Metro by T-Mobile. This tournament will see all 12 teams dropping into a private, 48 player lobby to see which team is the best and fight for a $10,000 prize pool. This first event will take place at the start of the Seattle Call of Duty League Home Series Sunday action.

With the help of Infinity Ward, the Call of Duty League will be dropping the best Call of Duty players in the world into the hottest game on the planet. All 12 CDL teams will compete (in quads) in an exclusive 48-player lobby to determine who the best professional team is in Warzone. Warzone Weekend is a $10,000 winner-takes-all, live-to-tape broadcast that will debut as the lead-in to the final day of the Seattle Home Series (May 22-24). Follow @CODLeague and each team in the league to learn more about the rosters built for this new entertainment experience.

The Call of Duty League Season continues with the Seattle Home Series taking place May 22 through May 24. See the how to watch and more on Dexerto.

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Call of Duty League Florida Home Series: Stream, Schedule, And More

The Call of Duty League Home Series continues!

This weekend’s Home Series is the Florida Home Series presented by SoFi taking place May 8 through May 10. All of the matches will be played online and streamed live to YouTube Gaming on the Call of Duty League Channel.

The Home Series features eight teams competing in a single elimination bracket to secure the title of Home Series Champion and work their way up the CDL Points Standings.

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:

Group A:

  • Toronto Ultra
  • Minnesota ROKKR
  • New York Subliners
  • Florida Mutineers

Group B:

  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Paris Legion
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • London Royal Ravens

Schedule:

Friday, May 8:

  • 4:00PM ET: Atlanta FaZe vs. Paris Legion
  • 5:30PM ET: London Royal Ravens vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • 7:00PM ET: New York Subliners vs. Toronto Ultra
  • 8:30PM ET: Minnesota ROKKR vs. Florida Mutineers

Saturday, May 9:

  • Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Sunday, May 10:

  • 4:00PM ET: Sem Finals 1
  • 5:30PM ET: Semi Finals 2
  • 7:00PM ET: Grand Finals

Streams:

DAY 1 STREAM:

DAY 2 STREAM:

DAY 3 STREAM:

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

The Call of Duty League Home Series continues!

This weekend’s Home Series is the Chicago Home Series presented by Metro by T-Mobile taking place April 24 through April 26. All of the matches will be played online and streamed live to YouTube Gaming on the Call of Duty League Channel.

The Home Series features eight teams competing in a single elimination bracket to secure the title of Home Series Champion and work their way up the CDL Points Standings.

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:

Group A:

  • London Royal Ravens
  • Atlanta FaZe
  • Dallas Empire
  • OpTic Gaming Los Angeles

Group B:

  • Seattle Surge
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • New York Subliners

Schedule:

Friday, April 24:

  • 4:00PM ET: London Royal Ravens vs. Atlanta FaZe
  • 5:30PM ET: Seattle Surge vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas
  • 7:00PM ET: Dallas Empire vs. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles
  • 8:30PM ET: Chicago Huntsmen vs. New York Subliners

Saturday, April 25:

  • Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Sunday, April 26:

  • 4:00PM ET: Sem Finals 1
  • 5:30PM ET: Semi Finals 2
  • 7:00PM ET: Grand Finals

Streams:

DAY 1 STREAM:

DAY 2 STREAM:

DAY 3 STREAM:

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

The Call of Duty League is back!

After taking a hiatus due to the current global situation and cancelling all live events for the year, the Call of Duty League shifts to an online only structure with Home Series events.

The next Home Series is the Dallas Home Series taking place April 10 through April 12. All of the matches will be played online and streamed live to YouTube Gaming on the Call of Duty League Channel.

The Home Series features eight teams competing in a single elimination bracket to secure the title of Home Series Champion and work their way up the CDL Points Standings.

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:

Group A:

  • Florida Mutineers
  • Toronto Ultra
  • Dallas Empire
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas

Group B:

  • Seattle Surge
  • Paris Legion
  • Chicago Huntsmen
  • Minnesota ROKKR

Bracket:

Schedule:

Friday, April 10:

  • 4:00PM ET: Seattle Surge vs. Paris Legion
  • 5:30PM ET: Florida Mutineers vs. Toronto Ultra
  • 7:00PM ET: Chicago Huntsmen vs. Minnesota ROKKR
  • 8:30PM ET: Dallas Empire vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas

Saturday, April 11:

  • Stream begins at 10AM PT / 1PM ET

Sunday, April 12:

  • 4:00PM ET: Sem Finals 1
  • 5:30PM ET: Semi Finals 2
  • 7:00PM ET: Grand Finals

Streams:

DAY 1 STREAM:

DAY 2 STREAM:

DAY 3 STREAM:

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Call of Duty League announces new 2020 season schedule

Activision Blizzard Esports has announced an updated 2020 schedule for the Call of Duty League, after announcing a few weeks back that all live in-person Home Series events will be canceled.

The new schedule shifts the Call of Duty League to an online league. The entire online league will be broadcasted to fans on the Call of Duty League YouTube Channel.

“I spent many years at the NFL, and saw firsthand how sports can lift the human spirit,” said commissioner Johanna Faries in a statement. “No one wants to be in this situation, but we are, and we’re thankful that Call of Duty League can forge ahead and deliver live competition to fans when it’s probably needed most.”

The structure for the league remains the same, as each Home Series online event will feature eight teams competing from Friday through Sunday.

The season returns starting on April 10 with the Dallas Home Series. Eight teams will be competing Friday through Sunday as the fight to reach the top of the CDL Standings continues.

Here’s is the new 2020 Season schedule:

  • April 10 – 12: Dallas Home Series
  • April 24 – 26: Chicago Home Series
  • May 8 – 10: Florida Home Series
  • May 22 – 24: Seattle Home Series
  • June 5 – 7: Minnesota Home Series
  • June 19 – 21: Paris Home Series
  • July 10 – 12: New York Home Series
  • July 17 – 19: London Home Series
  • July 24 – 26: Toronto Home Series

The Call of Duty League also says the spent extensive time testing how the league will work online to ensure fair competition for all players and teams. In this QA, the company says that they have worked closely with studios and internal technology teams to test and establish new dedicated servers for Call of Duty League matches.

Our partners at the studios have worked tirelessly with our internal technology teams to establish and test new dedicated servers around the country that will allow us to create the fairest environment possible for Call of Duty League matches. We have been testing these servers in collaboration with our players as we continue to optimize our solution and minimize latency for the different match variations we may see in the Home Series tournament format.

We have been testing for weeks and each day we get more data and opportunities to better the product. It’s a learning experience. We know online match play won’t be perfect, but we are doing everything in our power to make the best competitive environment we can.

You can read the full Q&A here to learn about how they are adapting the CDL to an online format.

SOURCE: CDL

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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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