With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Activision are making a push into the world of eSports. Today they announced the Call of Duty World League, and provided some details of how they are looking to have a greater connection with the eSports world.
“Call of Duty has always been about community, camaraderie and competition, which drives incredible engagement with the game all year long. eSports allows us to deliver these moments to our fans whether they are playing the game themselves or cheering on those who are,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Three years ago, we held the first Call of Duty Championship to showcase the dedication and skill of Call of Duty players around the world. Since then, eSports has become a global phenomenon with more than 120 million people watching online competitive gaming each year and Call of Duty continues to lead as the top console eSports franchise in the world.”
The new Call of Duty World League will compromise of two divisions – Pro, and Challenge Division. Each of these will then feed into the finale of the Call of Duty season, the Call of Duty Championship. The professional division will consist of teams from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The Challenge division will be based on amateurs and people wanting to move onto the pro leagues. The winners of this division will gain the chance to earn a spot on the Call of Duty Championship by competing in a series of official LAN events.
“Treyarch’s passion for competitive gaming precedes Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a heritage that inspired us to introduce dedicated eSports features into the franchise and one that compelled us to push the boundaries of Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s offerings beyond anything we’ve delivered before,” said Mark Lamia, Treyarch studio head. “While our global fan base of players range from casual to professional, they all share a desire to compete – some at the highest levels. With Call of Duty: Black Ops III, we are introducing a series of new features, like Arena mode that not only accommodate that diversity of play styles, but also let players see how they stack up against one another. Treyarch is giving the community of Call of Duty players new ways to compete and enjoy the thrill of competition.”
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