Activision announced today via twitter a new the COD World League. This will be the new structure of Call of Duty eSports from here on out. Looks like some big changes are coming.
Activisions’ Communication Manager Scott Lowe posted this on the official blog “The Call of Duty World League will feature multiple divisions—a Pro Division and a Challenge Division. The Pro Division will feature two seasons in North America, Europe, and Australia—the first of which kicks off in January of 2016. Each season will feature its own regional LAN championship, which fans can watch in-person or online.
The results of each regional Pro season will determine which teams advance to the Call of Duty Championship, which is moving from its prior spring time slot to fall 2016 to accommodate the new league structure. The Challenge Division will give amateur teams a chance to compete through a series of official LAN events and secure a place at the Call of Duty Championship.“
They’ve created a quick FAQ to detail the major differences this new structure will bring:
Q – What is the Call of Duty® World League?
A – The Call of Duty World League features professional and amateur gameplay for monetary prize pool and a chance to earn a way to the Call of Duty® Championship in the fall.
Q – Why is Activision and Call of Duty® creating the Call of Duty World League?
A – Since the first tournament at Call of Duty® XP in 2011, we have seen the passion of the Call of Duty eSports fan base continue to grow. Call of Duty is the top console FPS in eSports. We want to bring all the quality that Call of Duty is known for directly to the eSports community.
Q – How will this benefit the everyday player?
A –With Activision’s support and the great in-game features found in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, this is also a great opportunity to bring Call of Duty eSports to an even wider community. With the Call of Duty World League in mind, we are able to deliver an online multiplayer experience that designed for competitive play at the highest stages as well as friendly competition.
Q – How will the pro seasons operate?
A – The Pro Division of the Call of Duty World League will have competitions in North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. Each territory will have an independent regional structure for fans to follow and will still feed into the opportunity to take part in the worldwide tournament at the Call of Duty Championship.
Q – What about South America and Asia/Japan?
A – Territories not in the pro league will have the opportunity to take part in Challenge Division events.
Q – How many teams will participate in each Pro season?
A – For the first year of the World League Pro Division, North America will have 12 teams, of which 8 will make the stage 1 and stage 2 finals; Europe will host 10 teams of which 6 will make the stage finals; and Australia/New Zealand will have 8 teams taking part, of which 4 will make the stage finals.
Q – How will the Pro Division affect The Call of Duty Championship?
A – Each team will earn World League points based on their placing in The Pro Division. World League points will be the determination of how Pro Division teams advance to the Call of Duty Championship.
Q – Do only people that participate in The Pro Division have a chance to earn a spot into the Call of Duty Championship?
A – In addition to the World League points available in the Pro Division, we will also offer the chance for players in the Challenge Division to earn World League points through a series of Call of Duty World League hosted LAN and online events. We will have more information on these events soon.
Q – What will players win as part of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division?
A – As part of the seasonal structure of the Call of Duty World League Pro Division, players will earn cash prizes as well as a chance to be part of the worldwide tournament at the Call of Duty Championship.
Q – Why are their different prize pools and team counts in different territories?
A – One of the goals of the Call of Duty World League is to grow the level of competition worldwide. With that in mind, we know that the amount and growth of competition varies across territories.
Q – What is The Challenge Division?
A – The Call of Duty World League Challenge Division is a way for aspiring or amateur Call of Duty players to earn their way to the Call of Duty Championship. The Challenge Division will host a series of LAN events that will offer a prize pool as well as World League points for a chance to earn a spot at the Call of Duty Championship.
Q – When does all of this start?
A – The Call of Duty World League Pro Division will begin seasonal play in January of 2016. Qualification tournaments for spots in the Pro Division will begin in December 2015. More information about relegation and Challenge Division events will be made in the coming months.
Q – What will you be doing to support the organizations in the league?
A – With the new Call of Duty World League, Activision and Call of Duty will look forward to working directly and more closely than ever before with each of the organizations and teams involved.
Q – What is Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Game’s role here?
A – The Call of Duty World League is a franchise wide initiative starting with Call of Duty®: Black Ops III.
Q – What are the age limits to the Call of Duty World League?
A – Call of Duty has different ratings in different countries. We will adhere to the standards set by the different ratings boards across the world.
So, do you think these changes will improve Call of Duty eSports? Let me know in the comments!