Activision Blizzard is reportedly selling city based Call of Duty franchised Esports League spots for $25 million per team. The sales process for the upcoming Call of Duty franchised league has started according to a report from ESPN. Now that’s a lot of money for investors and the team to spend on.
The reports tell us that Activision has already started meeting with the interested parties including already established Call of Duty professional teams and Overwatch franchise league owners. These interested buyers have been asked for a non-binding interest within 14 days. If interested, Overwatch league owners will have the first right of negotiation to purchase a team for the upcoming competition.
$25 million sounds outrageous for a spot in a franchised league for a game that has failed to cement itself as a top esport throughout its competitive tenure (which now spans over a decade). The number is believable, though – just look at the figures that expansion slots in the OWL went for. Activision Blizzard clearly has a solid sales team and we expect spots in the CoD league to be snapped up, says Esports Insider.
It’s expected that this new geolocated franchise will start sometime in 2020 which is the same year when Overwatch League teams will be moving to their home markets. As for where these teams will play? There’s no indication yet and something still to be considered. Activision revealed their plans for Call of Duty Esports League in its earnings call back in February.
Besides that, Activision Blizzard’s current professional league for the game is the Call of Duty World League that takes place in Columbus, Ohio at MLG Arena and hosts a total of 16 teams.
The news comes a few weeks after the arrival of League Play in Call of Duty Black Ops 4 which is your only chance to become a pro without spending $20 Million. You will now get an option to play League Play in between Multiplayer and Blackout.
It’s the only mode in the game that makes use of skill-based matchmaking and rules that many professional Call of Duty professionals play by.
New St. Patrick’s Day update is now also live starting with PlayStation 4 and it marks the return of Shamrock & Awe event from Call of Duty WW2 bringing new content to multiplayer, zombies mode along with St. Patrick’s Day-themed exclusive content in the Black Market. Just by logging in, you can earn a free “Precious” gesture and a calling card.