Activision Blizzard has officially announced the name, logo, system and prize pool for their new franchised Call of Duty competition.
The Call of Duty League will be its official name and, as most are now aware, 12 city-based teams from two different continents will battle it out on the new Modern Warfare game in 5-vs-5 competition. Although a definite date hasn’t been set for the beginning of the league as yet, the official website states it will start in 2020 and that a total prize pool of “over $6 million” will be up for grabs. There was also confirmation that the CDL will continue to be played on the PlayStation 4.
Only three of the franchises (Paris, New York and London) have announced their full rosters and Minnesota have announced three players so far. The rest of the teams are yet to reveal who will be playing for them as yet.
It was hoped that the announcement video would also reveal the branding for the individual franchises as well as the league itself, but this wasn’t to be. However, journalist Adam Fitch has uncovered some potential franchise names hidden in the code of the official website, such as ‘London Royal Ravens’ and ‘Chicago Huntsmen’.
I just found “London Royal Ravens” in the code for the website. pic.twitter.com/recJoT9Mhj
— Adam Fitch (@byadamfitch) October 9, 2019
The Call of Duty League will follow in the footsteps of fellow Activision Blizzard title Overwatch in becoming a franchised esports league. Spots in the league are reported to have been going for upwards of $25 million.