The management behind Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty League has decided to move the entirety of the league’s playoffs online, after being derailed by COVID-19. The decision is based on the ongoing health and safety concerns.
The Call of Duty League (CDL) will be taking measures to ensure competitive integrity, all teams will be provided with a universal camera setup which will then permit viewing of the consoles, monitor, computers, players, and the surrounding areas. Once the camera is installed and, the surrounding area is checked, all the players will be required seated in their chairs and on camera. The new platform for all contenders will kick-off July 10 for the New York Subliners online Home Series.
Nine servers will be available for teams to use for the competition. Three servers will be provided and will determine the server that’ll be played on by veto.
Remaining three Home Series are the New York series from July 10-12, the London series from July 17-19, and the Toronto series from July 24-26. The announcement of the playoff start dates is not yet official. The pot money for the Grand Winner is a whopping $2 million.
Expected revenue from promotions and tickets from in-person tournaments is over. Instead, execs are doing creative ways for sponsors to participate on social media and during live telecasts that are broadcast limited on YouTube Gaming. On-screen logos on broadcasts will be included, more so, using team digital channels to push sponsored content.