Better get locked and loaded — Call of Duty in eSports is going worldwide.
On Thursday, September 24, Activision announced that the popular series has spawned the creation of the Call of Duty World League, equipped with a prize pool of $3 million. With the title's eSports fan base and tournaments continuing to grow through the years, taking it worldwide seems like the next logical step.
The way the Call of Duty World League will work is it will have a Pro Division with regular competitions involving gamers in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to The Challenge Division, allowing amateur players to enter the world's stage as pros. The competitions begin in January with the Call of Duty Championship 2016 scheduled for next fall. Think you're good enough to make the cut?
Maybe Activision will choose to link up with Turner and WME/IMG, which just announced a new eSports league that will air 20 live competitions next year on TBS. Perhaps Call of Duty competitions could be among the programming.
Along with announcing its Call of Duty World League, Activision promises that the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops III title will have eSports components to it, although it hasn't divulged what those will be as of press time.
That game is scheduled to hit stores on November 6 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.