Activision is reportedly working in direction of a Call of Duty esports league with an analogous format to Blizzard’s Overwatch League. Sources chatting with ESPN mentioned that the gross sales course of for a franchised league with city-based groups has begun, and spots are apparently going for $25 million (£18.9 million).
Sales conferences with potential patrons have apparently begun happening up to now week, and are mentioned to incorporate esports organisations which already host CoD groups, similar to Faze Clan, in addition to possession teams connected to the Overwatch League, who would have first dibs on their residence metropolis slots in the event that they selected to take part within the new competitors.
At the second, Activision is barely asking for a non-binding indication of curiosity, but it surely’s notable that there’s been one thing of a worth hike connected to the brand new competitors. Spots within the inaugural season of the Overwatch League price $20 million (£15.1 million), that means a brand new Call of Duty League could be 25% costlier than its older brother from the very begin (though it’s additionally price mentioning that OWL spots are now said to have increased to as much as $60 million).
ESPN has beforehand reported that the brand new Call of Duty League is anticipated to start out in 2020, following a big revamp of the present competitors format, the Call of Duty World League. That match permits for relegations, however a franchise spot underneath the brand new association would guarantee a continued place within the match.
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The Overwatch League has proved to be fairly the success story for Blizzard, however I’ll have an interest to see whether or not Call of Duty can entice the identical sort of consideration. A brand new sequence title to adapt to yearly probably brings a big logistical downside to the desk, however I’m undecided that CoD has the identical mass esports enchantment that Overwatch affords.