Call of Duty League, Activision’s big Call of Duty eSports push, will begin on January 24, 2020. The event will take place over the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend at the Minneapolis Armory, and will see teams competing in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It’s the first event of what promises to be a major new league for competitive Call of Duty.
The event will see 12 teams play off over three days in five-on-five matches, with a best-of-five format. The exact ruleset will be announced closer to the event. Teams from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, London, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Paris, Seattle, and Toronto taking part. The Call of Duty League website has further details on the teams competing, and lets you sign up for updates in the lead up to opening weekend.
The Call of Duty Challengers Open will take place over that same weekend, allowing amateur teams to compete in an open bracket tournament that will be determined by a series of online tournaments, beginning next month. There’s a prize pool of over $1 million on offer in the open.
The cost of entry is reportedly $25 million per team, which has prevented eSports organization 1000 Thieves from competing. The specifics of the prize pool have not yet been announced, but expect a major top prize.
If you’re looking to sharpen your own skills in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, we’ve compiled a list of tips for beginners. It’s also useful to know your different perks inside and out. In our review-in-progress of the game, Kallie Plagge wrote that the multiplayer in Modern Warfare "is up to par, with a variety of game types for different kinds of players."