Activision Expands Call Of Duty Championship Into The Call Of Duty World League

Activision Expands Call Of Duty Championship Into The Call Of Duty World League

Call of Duty became one of the biggest first person shooters in the world. Then it found a new lease of life on console to become one of the most prominent events on the global eSports circuit. Activision has been fuelling that beast over the last few years and it’s now about to get a whole lot larger.

In a post on the official Activision blog and the Call of Duty community page, the publisher has announced the creation of the Call of Duty World League.

It’s a expanded take on the Call of Duty world finals that will feature three times as much prize money — US$3 million, to be exact — along with multiple seasons and divisions across Australia, Europe and North America.

“The Call of Duty World League will feature multiple divisions—a Pro Division and a Challenge Division. The Pro Division will feature two seasons in North America, Europe, and Australia—the first of which kicks off in January of 2016. Each season will feature its own regional LAN championship, which fans can watch in-person or online.”

In a FAQ on the community page, Activision says that 8 teams across Australia and New Zealand will be able to compete in the professional season, with the top four qualifying to “the stage finals”. Competing in the Pro Division gives teams an opportunity to attend the Call of Duty Championship towards the end of the year.

Amateur and Challenge divisions will also be created, with teams being promoted and relegated from each as the season progresses. It’s a long-term commitment too: while Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the first game to benefit from this expanded eSports effort, Activision says the league is a “franchise wide initiative”.

Teams wishing to compete in the Pro Leagues outside of the three regions stated, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and countries in South America, will be able to compete by earning a spot through Challenge Division events (with administrators presumably taking their regional performance into account through an invitational and/or pre-seeding tournaments).


  • $3 million Prize for a game that doesn’t really build it’self around competitive play. Honestly, I think having a thing like this for CoD of all games is a joke. I’m not saying that because it’s CoD and it is just shit shoveled out each year as a cash grab, I say it because the game isn’t built to be a serious competitive game (from my experience)

    For example. on CS:GO, the maps are built around being even with the timing for both sides, rotation times and all the things like that. Every CoD experience I have had is spawn in, spray in the enemies general direction, spam nades, spam grenade launcher. Die. Respawn. I know I will piss off a lot of people by saying that, but this is from a lot of experience in both games.

    If they have somehow since I last played CoD, which was like a week ago, magically made the game balanced and more skill based then it would be more interesting. But I personally think it is stupid.

    EDIT: Please don’t hate me for thinking CoD is a stupid cash grab.

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