Recently, a series of teams for the inaugural Call of Duty League have announced their full rosters. Call of Duty League 2020 is an esports league that is set to launch next year on Jan. 24. It will start off with a weekend of competitive gameplay in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minnesota Røkkr, the city’s Call of Duty League team, will be hosting this opening launch while all 12 of the professional and city-based teams will compete against each other.
“Super stoked to finally announce that I will be playing under @COD_MN alongside @silly702 , @AdamGodRx, and @BrianSaintt” Minnesota Røkkr’s Adam “Assault” Garcia wrote in a tweet. “Exceptional team thus far and still more exciting things to come.”
Adding to this excitement was Chris Overholt, OverActive Media’s CEO and president. At the launch party for Toronto Ultra, Overholt said he was thrilled to introduce the team to the 1,500 fans who attended the event. “Launching our second Toronto franchise is part of our plan to put our city on the map when it comes to the global esports conversation,” he continued.
“Today is another historic day for Toronto and we can’t wait to host the Call of Duty homeseries welcoming the world to our city in the coming months,” Overholt added.
Alongside Minnesota Røkkr and Toronto Ultra, the other teams include the Atlanta FaZe, Chicago Huntsmen, OpticGaming Los Angeles, Seattle Surge, Dallas Empire, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Floridan Mutineers, London Royal Ravens, New York Subliners, and Paris Legion.
This esports league will have a home versus away format, as well as 5 versus 5 matchups for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on the PlayStation 4. As for the ultimate prize, it will be The Call of Duty League Championship.
Over the course of next year, players and fans will also be participating in several ways. There will be home market events hosted by respective city-based teams. At these events, the league will be hosting its own weekends, which includes the Midseason Weekend, as well as the Championship Weekend.
In an interview, OverActive Media’s Overholt highlighted the importance of connecting with esports fans at the local level.
“Like Overwatch, Call of Duty, League of Legends — this is central to the thesis of OverActive Media,” he said. “We really believe that what will be essential to the long-term success of esports in companies like ours and these franchises are rooted in the idea of being able to have a regional brand and build that strategy for growing new brands and engaging fans on their terms. We’re believers in that strategy, we believe the business model that comes with it.”
As for the regular season, Call of Duty teams will be ranked by how many matches they win and lose. These scores will determine which city-based team will reach the Playoffs. After the season, two wild card teams, as well as the top eight teams will duke it out against each other.
Call of Duty League Championship Weekend itself will have six teams that will face a double-elimination format. From there, the top two teams will go against each other to prove who is the best at the Call of Duty League Championship.
As for the non-pro Call of Duty players and fans, they will be able to participate in Call of Duty Challengers, which is the official path to the pro system. The prize pool for this particular league is over $1 million.
The teams that will be a part of Call of Duty Challengers can also be points based on how well they do at LAN tournaments, as well as online ones. Registration for this began on Oct. 30 this year, along with the online ladder that started on Nov. 2. As for the first online tournament, it began on Nov. 9 for the registered teams.
For more casual Call of Duty fans who would like to nonetheless participate in the esport, they can do so in the Call of Duty League City Circuit. This circuit was especially designed for more casual players who want to take their skills to the next level. In this particular circuit, players will get to complete in “Gunfight” matches and win prizes.
Until 2020, excited players and fans who want the latest updates and special offers from their favourite Call of Duty League teams can sign up for emails on the league’s official website.