Activision Blizzard Esports has announced some updates as the 2020 Call of Duty Leaague Season continues.
The company has announced that CDL In-Game Rewards will become available for players who watch the league is planned and coming soon. This will be the first time that Call of Duty esports is offering rewards for watching since Call of Duty: WWII, where players were given Supply Drops. In Modern Warfare, players will get League themed cosmetics by watching.
Watching Call of Duty League competition will soon earn you exclusive cross-platform in-game Call of Duty League-themed rewards, including new team emblems, sprays, and animated calling cards. Earn in-game rewards by enjoying live Call of Duty League matches on the CDL website or COD companion app while signed into your Activision account. Don’t have an account? Create one here. More information on the launch of the viewership rewards program is coming soon.
The company has also announced an expanded Call of Duty League Championship event to now have all 12 teams (versus a small set that was planned). The Championship event will see all teams compete, with Home Series events now having more weight as the teams need wins to get a prime spot for Champs. Champs is set to take place in August 2020, per the announcement.
The tournament format of the Call of Duty League Championship will now feature all 12 teams, as opposed to the original eight-team structure, opening the door to potential upsets and Cinderella runs!Home Series victories now mean more than ever, with League standings being the determining factor on a team’s starting position in the final tournament of the year. 1st and 2nd placed teams in the CDL Standings, for example, will automatically skip the first two rounds of the event’s Winner’s Bracket. The better a team’s regular season record, the closer they get to the illustrious Grand Final. The double-elimination tournament will take place in August 2020.
Prize Pool Distribution for Champs:
With the change of structure, the following redistribution of prize pool earnings has been established:
1st (2020 Champion): $2,000,000
2nd (1 team): $1,000,000
3rd (1 team): $500,000
4th (1 team): $300,000
5th (2 teams): $200,000
7th (2 teams): $125,000
9th (2 teams): $75,000
11th/12th (2 teams, last place): $0
Activision Blizzard has also partnered with Infinity Ward and players for a brand new CDL Warzone Weekend tournament called CDL Warzone Weekends presented by Metro by T-Mobile. This tournament will see all 12 teams dropping into a private, 48 player lobby to see which team is the best and fight for a $10,000 prize pool. This first event will take place at the start of the Seattle Call of Duty League Home Series Sunday action.
With the help of Infinity Ward, the Call of Duty League will be dropping the best Call of Duty players in the world into the hottest game on the planet. All 12 CDL teams will compete (in quads) in an exclusive 48-player lobby to determine who the best professional team is in Warzone. Warzone Weekend is a $10,000 winner-takes-all, live-to-tape broadcast that will debut as the lead-in to the final day of the Seattle Home Series (May 22-24). Follow @CODLeague and each team in the league to learn more about the rosters built for this new entertainment experience.
The Call of Duty League Season continues with the Seattle Home Series taking place May 22 through May 24. See the how to watch and more on Dexerto.
As part of the roadmap for Season 2 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the team has announced a Call of Duty League playlist is coming to the game.
The roadmap notes that a CDL Playlist will be LIVE in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Day 1 of Season 2, which is February 11.
The roadmap does not have details on how the CDL Playlist will work or whether it will be ranked. The mode could just be a playlist with CDL rules enabled for all players to jump on and try out what the pro players are playing as part of the 2020 Call of Duty League Season.
Fight like the pros in this Call of Duty League ruleset playlist. In this playlist, the settings and available weapons, maps, and modes have been altered, so you can battle like the best of ‘em. Get a look at the complete Call of Duty League ruleset here, then jump into the playlist.
Players have been asking Infinity Ward for some kind of Ranked or League Play since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launched. Now, there’s finally a dedicated esports playlist for players to play.
UPDATE – Jan 20 at 7:00PM ET: Activision Blog has since deleted the “This Week in Call of Duty” blog post that detailed the launch of CDL team camos. The company also had an article up detailing some of the CDL teams that had references and images, shown below, of the CDL team camos. That reference and images have been since removed.
We’ve reached out for a comment from the company.
Activision Blizzard has announced that Call of Duty League team customization gear is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as the company celebrates the launch of the brand new Call of Duty esports league.
All 12 Call of Duty League teams will have their own gear sets in-game in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for players.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Store on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will see Call of Duty League Gear starting January 24, including Home and Away skins for Operators, Weapon Camos, calling cards, and more.
Players can visit the Store this week to get official Call of Duty League gear for your Operators in game. The team packs include home and away skins for your Operators, weapon camos that can be equipped to any weapon, calling cards, and more. Celebrate your favorite team by heading to the Franchise Store tab in the Modern Warfare Store and scroll down to pick up the Call of Duty League team bundle of your choice, scheduled to launch on January 24.