The new Call of Duty League (CDL) will begin in 2020. The franchised league replaces the CWL Pro League which consisted of esports organizations such as OpTic Gaming, 100 Thieves, and FaZe Clan; teams that weren’t city-based.
With the new Call of Duty League, many organizations from the CWL had to part ways due to many factors; primarily being financial since the new league fees are incredibly high. Additionally, Overwatch League team owners were given the first chances to participate in the new CDL. After a few months of organization, Activision Blizzard Esports officially revealed details for the new Call of Duty League today.
Call of Duty League Details
The Call of Duty League will begin with Home vs Away and 5 v5 format in 2020. There will be 12 teams participating which include:
- Los Angeles x2
- New York
Similarily as the CWL Pro League, the new Call of Duty League will run major events throughout the season which is yet to be determined where the majors will be. Each team will host two ‘Home Series’ weekend events with one in a spring split and a second in a summer split. In between the spring and summer splits, the League will host a special Call of Duty League Midseason Weekend event where all 12 teams will be featured in special all-pro tournaments.
Professional regular-season competition will feature best-of-five-matches series played in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Playstation 4. Pro teams with the best win-loss records will advance to the postseason, where they will compete in a double-elimination Playoffs until the season champion is crowned. Playoff berths will include 2 wild card slots, and both the Playoffs and Championship matches will take place at the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend in Summer 2020.
Additionally, there will be an event called Call of Duty Challengers which is an amateur path to pro-competition system to give CoD competitive prospects a chance to be noticed. The Call of Duty Challengers will be hosted through online ladders, online tournaments, and open tournament event competitions throughout the year beginning in November 2019. There will be a dedicated prize pool of over $1,000,000. Several Call of Duty League pro teams will also support amateur player pipeline development by hosting Call of Duty Challengers competitions in their markets.
Fans will also be able to compete on behalf of their cities, in a new, casual competition system called the Call of Duty League City Circuit. In the City Circuit, fans can compete on behalf of their favorite pro team cities through online or LAN (local area network) tournaments held exclusively by the 12 Call of Duty League teams. This fan-focused competitive circuit – set to launch later in 2020 – will feature a duos-based format in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare mode “Gunfight.” Call of Duty League City Circuit carries its own prize pool and will culminate in a finals event at the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend.
Call of Duty League’s vision is to engage fans in dynamic ways across all 12 team markets and beyond. Home Series Weekends will showcase the best Call of Duty esports players in the world as well as the unique energy and passion of teams’ local fanbases.
“It is an honor to introduce the Call of Duty League, built to reimagine what esports can be. We’ve partnered with top-tier organizations who share our commitment to supporting the best players in the world and to entertain fans in unique ways. Together, we seek to bring incredible experiences to our pro, amateur, and fan communities, and to blaze new trails for the future of sports entertainment.” Johanna Faries, Commissioner of the Call of Duty League
Here is the current full roster of cities and ownership groups for the 2020 season:
- Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Esports Ventures, a joint venture owned by Cox Enterprises and Province, Inc.
- Chicago, IL – NRG Esports
- Dallas, TX – Envy Gaming, Inc.
- Florida – Misfits Gaming
- London, United Kingdom – ReKTGlobal, Inc
- Los Angeles, CA – Immortals Gaming Club (IGC)
- Los Angeles, CA – Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
- Minnesota – WISE Ventures
- New York, NY – Sterling.VC
- Paris, France – c0ntact Gaming
- Seattle, WA – The Aquilini Group
- Toronto, Canada – OverActive Media