Say what you will about Call of Duty, but it is, if nothing else, immensely popular; which is something e-sports desperately needs. Indeed, this pairing may be the beginning foundation for what may become, a more mainstream acceptance of video games as a sport.
Citing Activision’s own statistics, Call of Duty gets, in one day, more players logging in, than the average NBA game gets viewers. That’s why Activison is teaming up with Xbox, Electronic Sports League and Major League Gaming to bring us a Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament, on April 5th, to the 7th, in Hollywood California.
With a 1 million dollar prize being awarded to the winner of the tournament, it’s hard not to imagine a busy live-stream filled with curious gamers, anxious to see who the greatest CoD players in the world are (or at least in Hollywood).
With such a massive player base, and a ridiculously large prize, one can only hope that Call of Duty generates a more mainstream interest in e-sports. If all goes well, this could mark the beginning of something that bodes well for all of us; even those who don’t necessarily care for Call of Duty.
If you’re interested in participating in this event, simply go here.