Call of Duty League reveals $5 million prize pool for 2021 season

The Call of Duty League has announced that the prize pool for this year’s competition will stand at $5 million, with the end of season CDL Playoffs being allocated half of that figure.

While many have pointed out that the total prize pool is less than last year’s overall pot of $6 million, this year’s competition will feature 12 fewer players in total as the league switches from 5v5 to the classic 4v4 format. That means one less player on the starting lineup for each of the 12 franchises. The winning team of this year’s league will receive a grand prize of $1.2 million, which again is slightly down from last season but is now spread across fewer players. The CDL’s revamped format for 2021 sees five CDL Majors played across the regular season, and the top prize for each of these will be $200,000.

The league has also now revealed the breakdown of how CDL Points will be distributed throughout the season, which are used to rank the teams during the regular season and seed them for the end of season Playoffs.

In Home Series matches, of which three are played in the build up to each Major, every victory earns a team 10 CDL Points. At Majors, points are allocated on final placements, rather than wins. The top team at each major will earn 75 CDL Points. You can see the full breakdown here.

There is also an intriguing new draft-style group draw coming to the CDL to determine which teams will play each other during each stage of the season. The first draw will be held at the Kickoff Classic exhibition match this weekend, and sees reigning champion Dallas Empire and 2020 runner-up Atlanta FaZe take turns to pick which teams will play in the other’s group.

It sounds like a bit of a brain-bender, but it will certainly provoke some conversation about which teams Empire and FaZe deem the strongest heading into the new season.

The 2021 CDL officially begins on February 11 with the Opening Weekend, hosted by Atlanta FaZe.