Activision have confirmed the new branding for the Call of Duty League and the meaning behind it. The league format and prize pool were also explained on the official Call of Duty website.
A new chapter in CoD esports
The new city-based franchise model is a first in Call of Duty esports. Twelve locations have been confirmed with their official team names yet to be revealed. Teams are already packing their rosters with the best Call of Duty players in the world. The 12 locations are as follows:
- Los Angeles x2
- New York
After months of speculation, the official name was revealed as the Call of Duty League which will be operated by Activision Blizzard. The new league will replicate the successful Overwatch League, also operated by Activision Blizzard, and is due to kick off in 2020 with a date to be confirmed.
After years of repetition, the competitive Call of Duty scene is finally having the makeover it deserves. The idea behind the new branding is explained on the Call of Duty website: “The Call of Duty League’s logo is made up of three elements, each representing critical levels of its competitive structure. Together, these levels create an aspirational staircase that culminates with the height of elite skill: the professional tier.”
The three elements of the logo represent professional players, the amateur system and the fan community. This was designed with the idea of bringing the Call of Duty community closer. The new league marks the biggest change in Call of Duty esports since the introduction of the Call of Duty World League in 2016.
How will the league work?
An announcement on the Call of Duty website says that teams will travel from city to city and the games will be played exclusively on PlayStation4. Following on from last years format, teams will compete in 5v5 multiplayer matches. However, roster sizes have increased from a maximum of five players to ten players.
The inaugural Call of Duty League season will feature an impressive prize pool of $6million (£4.9million). Teams will battle throughout the year to claim the ultimate prize – the Call of Duty League Championship.
As more is revealed about the new league, franchises will undoubtedly be making announcements regarding their branding, players and more in the near future.