Activision and the Call of Duty League announced today that tournament-based play will be coming to the inaugural 2020 season. While the new season starts with the Launch Event on Jan. 24 in Minneapolis, the tournament format won’t begin until Feb. 8 in London.
Our holiday gift to you 🎁:
▪️ More matches
▪️ More drama
▪️ More reasons to get excited for 2020
— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) December 24, 2019
Call of Duty League’s return to form
The Launch Event will see all 12 teams compete in predetermined matches where teams will face off in head-to-head games. For each Home Series match after that opening weekend, eight teams will compete in a tournament format, all while earning points towards their Call of Duty League point total for the season.
“Beginning Week 2 in London, teams will compete in a format that is both familiar to the legacy of Call of Duty esports and fresh amidst the backdrop of our city-based franchise structure,” the League said in a statement. “This format, coupled with a brand new points system that goes into effect on Launch Weekend, will deliver a competitive experience where every match of the season matters. The result: fans will get to see more matches, more drama, and more teams competing each home series weekend.”
Once the 2020 season ends, the top eight ranked teams will advance to the Championship Weekend. After the playoffs, six teams will head play in a double-elimination competition until two final teams play in the Call of Duty League Championship match.
The return of tournament-based play brings a welcome return that fans have been extremely passionate about since the end of the Call of Duty World League earlier this year. The Call of Duty League seems to have responded to fans’ request to return to the tournament style, saying “we love listening to our community, and finding unique ways to deliver on our vision of igniting a shift in sports entertainment”.
Furthermore, in 2020, they are looking to increase “pop-culture infusions, and fan-first experiences at the pro and amateur levels”. As such, the Call of Duty League has already begun bringing in outside influencers. For instance, actor Michael B. Jordan has financially backed Andbox, which owns the CDL’s New York Subliners.
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