The inaugural Call of Duty League (CDL) season was put on hold last month due to the COVID-19 crisis. But thankfully for fans it’s now been officially announced that the CDL will return with online gameplay this Friday, April 10.
Each online event is still being treated as a Home Series weekend which will be broadcast live on the CDL’s YouTube channel. The Dallas Empire Home Series will be the first event to take place in this brand new format. It will feature eight teams including Chicago Huntsmen, Dallas Empire, Florida Mutineers, LA Guerillas, Minnesota Rokkr, Paris Legion, Seattle Surge and Toronto Ultra.
The CDL said: “In this new, fully online format, players, team staff, and production personnel will compete and work safely from locations of their choice, and in accordance with current health and safety recommendations and governmental mandates.”
The CDL production team will still be providing the best possible viewing experience with match commentary and analysis continuing as usual. The live atmosphere fans are used to may not be the same but the teams will undoubtedly be providing top-notch gameplay and entertainment in their league matches.
Here’s the newly updated CDL Home Series schedule showing how the rest of the season will look:
All nine remaining events will be played Friday to Sunday starting at 4pm ET on Friday and Sunday with matches starting at 1pm ET on Saturdays.
Many teams, players and fans have already taken to Twitter to voice their excitement. Toronto Ultra and London Royal Ravens were among the many getting involved:
What’s more, amateur players have not been forgotten in this newly online format. Challengers events will take place online alongside each Home Series weekend, with the league is also providing five dedicated two-day Challengers events with $50,000 prize money in each.
The first Challengers event will take place adjacent to the Dallas Empire Home Series this Saturday. The first of the five league-held Challengers tournaments will take place on April 18.
The CDL closed their announcement stating the following: “Although these shifts to online competition may not be what we imagined at launch, we are deeply grateful to be able to continue to spotlight our incredible teams in a new way, and to give our cities and fans more reasons to cheer.”
Who will you be cheering for this Friday?