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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.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram from coverage of the Call of Duty League Launch Event!

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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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Call of Duty League shop goes live with team jerseys, gear, and more

The official Call of Duty League Shop has gone live overnight, and it brings new jerseys for each team, new gear for the league itself, and more ahead of the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend.

The store gives players a look at the first round of jerseys for each team – each team has a black and white version of their jersey. The jerseys are retailing for $74.99, which is a bit high of an asking price.

The league shop also features more generic team gear – like hoodies, shirts, hats and more, alongside official League branded merchandise.

The League shop is offering free shipping of orders over $25 with code CDL25 for a limited time only.

Check the full collection of items HERE.

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Call of Duty League and Chicago Huntsmen release new ‘The Campaign’ docu-series

The Call of Duty League™ and Chicago Huntsmen are teaming up to release a brand new docu-series leading up to the launch weekend of the Call of Duty League.

The new series, called The Campaign, goes in depth on the Chicago Huntsmen team and how they are training for the new 2020 Call of Duty League. The team is led by Seth “Scump” Abner. The docu series is five episodes.

“Great brands are built through amazing stories. We’re fortunate to be operating a League filled with talented, dynamic personalities who are willing to share their stories with our fans, which is what’ll you see in The Campaign docu-series. For the first time, our fans will be able to see what happens beyond the competition stage, in the real lives of some of the best esports players in the world. We hope the series will drive even deeper appreciation for some of their favorite players and drawn them into the 2020 Call of Duty League season, which starts July 24th in Minneapolis.” – Daniel Cherry III, Chief Marketing Officer, Activision Blizzard Esports

We believe in the power of great storytelling, and we know that some of our best stories will come from the perspectives of our players and teams. Hector and the Chicago Huntsmen opened their doors for all the anticipation, drama, and excitement they’ve experienced preparing for Launch this month in Minneapolis. It’s been a great collaboration that gives fans a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the league.” – Johanna Faries, Commissioner, Call of Duty League

We can’t wait for fans to tune-in for ‘The Campaign’ and get to know the Chicago Huntsmen better. We have amazing stories to tell on our journey to becoming the best team in the Call of Duty League’s inaugural season. We look forward to sharing with the world how we built a new team from the ground up – with two of the best competitors in the business – and what it takes to be a Call of Duty Champion.” – Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Owner and Co-CEO, NRG

You can watch Episode 1 of The Campaign here:

Additional episodes of The Campaign will premiere on the Call of Duty League’s YouTube Channel on January 13, 17, 20, and 26.

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

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DJ Nicky Romero to headline Call of Duty League London Royal Ravens event

ReKTGlobal, the ownership group of the London Royal Ravens Call of Duty® League team, has announced that DJ Nicky Romero will be at their Home Stead event taking place on February 8 through February 9.

London’s kickoff Call of Duty League event brings professional esports, exclusive entertainment and behind-the-scenes access to fans and gamers with live tournament-style gameplay, VIP meet-and-greets, and a headline show by international DJ Nicky Romero, a celeb contender in the Home Series’ must-see 2v2 Hype Battle.

Romero will be part of the multi fan experience at the first ever Call of Duty League Home Stead event. The event will also feature the first ever Call of Duty League Hype Battles, where celebrities will go head to head in show matches at the home stead events. Based on the release, Hype Battles will be 2v2 matches in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

ReKTGlobal announced this news in press release this morning.

One of the most influential modern electronic music artists and media moguls of our time, Romero will headline the London Royal Ravens Home Series, which marks the first hometown tournament for the team in Call of Duty League’s inaugural season. In addition to an unforgettable concert experience on Feb. 8, Call of Duty super fans will have the opportunity to connect with Romero at a VIP meet-and-greet and watch him as he takes on soon-to-be-announced celeb opponents during one of the highly anticipated Hype Battles that allow the world’s biggest stars to showcase their Call of Duty skills on the main stage at league events.

“We’re excited to bring an incredible and historic weekend filled with unforgettable performances and festivities to Call of Duty’s most loyal fans and the community as a whole,” commented London Royal Ravens Managing Director Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell, who also serves as Chief Gaming Officer for parent company ReKTGobal. “As headliner, Nicky Romero brings incredible energy to the stage. He has strong ties to the UK and the esports community as an avid Call of Duty player and an investor committed to helping bring esports to its fullest potential. Between the action-packed tournament gameplay with Romero at the analyst desk on Sunday, and the Hype Battle and his exclusive concert on Saturday evening, fans are in for a real treat at this can’t-miss event.”  

The London Royal Ravens Home Stead event will take place February 8-9. Tickets to attend the event are on sale here.

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

Activision announced an updated format for the league this week, including a new schedule. More details on the format is available here.

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Call of Duty League announces details on new tournament structure and new schedule

The Call of Duty League has announced a new schedule and additional details for their 2020 season after announcing in later December a change in the league’s structure to return to a format legacy to Call of Duty esports.

The league has revealed that there will be less events overall in 2020 compared to the initial home stead season schedule, but the overall format will be familiar to the legacy of Call of Duty esports.

Here’s the details on the new format for the league, direct from the CDL team:

Beginning at Launch Weekend in Minneapolis on Jan 24-26, and throughout the entirety of the 2020 regular season, all teams will earn 10 CDL Points for every match won. League standings will be determined by the total amount of CDL Points accumulated. At Launch Weekend, all 12 teams in the league will play two matches over the course of the three-day event.

Beginning in London on February 8, Home Series Weekend events will feature eight teams competing in a tournament bracket. The eight teams competing will be separated into two groups of four (i.e., four teams in Group A and four teams in Group B). 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. Teams will earn 10 CDL Points for each win. The overall Home Series Weekend event winner will also earn 10 bonus CDL Points.

Each Home Series Weekend, CDL Points will be distributed in the following structure:

  • 1st Place – 50 CDL Points
  • 2nd Place – 30 CDL Points
  • 3rd/4th Place – 20 CDL Points
  • 5th/6th Place – 10 CDL Points
  • 7th/8th Place – 0 CDL Points

Tiebreakers will be determined based on the following criteria, as needed:

  1. Teams’ Head-to-Head Match Win Percentage
  2. Teams’ Head-to-Head Game Win Percentage
  3. Teams’ Overall Game Win Percentage

Regular season CDL Points will determine which eight teams qualify for the playoffs. As a reminder, at the end of the regular season, the top eight ranked teams, including four wild card spots, will advance to the playoffs. The four wild card teams will compete in a single-elimination bracket, with two teams advancing. The two teams that advance from wild card matches will face off against the third and fourth overall seeds to start off double-elimination bracket play. The top two overall seeds will receive first-round byes when double-elimination play commences. The final two teams will compete for the Call of Duty League Championship.

The new schedule is available on the Call of Duty League website HERE. There is a reduced number of events for the season compared to what was originally announced.

The 2020 Call of Duty League season begins January 24-26 with the Launch Weekend event hosted by Minnesota Rokkr team.

SOURCE: Call of Duty League

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