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Activision announce former NFL Exec as new Head of Call of Duty Esports

Published: 23/Oct/2018 12:45

by Calum Patterson

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Johanna Faries, former NFL executive has been announced as the new head of Call of Duty esports operations at Activision Blizzard.

Faries is described as a “veteran National Football League executive”, who will now serve as Head of Product for the Call of Duty World League, with the Esports league leadership team at Activision Blizzard.

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Faries worked with the NFL for over 10 years, with experience in business and fan development, which she will bring to table for the CWL, overseeing “strategic leadership, business operations and product development.”

It comes shortly after the announcement of the biggest change in CoD esports history, with a change to 5v5 rosters from the traditional 4v4.

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Although a franchised league system is not in place for the CWL like it is with Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, it is expected that a move towards franchising is coming within the next few years for CoD, possibly in late 2019.

“The addition of Johanna to our leadership team demonstrates our commitment to maintaining a world class organization with the objective of further expanding our shared vision in esports,” said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues.

The announcement did not go into any specifics about what changes may be coming in with the addition of Faries, but it sounds as though Call of Duty esports is about to shift up a gear.

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Call of Duty GM Rob Kostich said “We have great momentum behind the league and are about to start our most exciting season yet. We’re committed to delivering the best experience to our fans, our players and the entire community.”

Faries said that “with esports exploding in popularity, “Call of Duty is well positioned to be at the forefront of “shaping the future of professional competition as we know it.”

The 2019 CWL season will begin officially on December 7, when teams from around the world will travel to Las Vegas for the first major open event of the season. The largest prize purse in CWL history is also being handed out for the 2019 season, at $6 million.

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CoD Mobile devs reveal new map and mode coming in Season 11

Published: 10/Oct/2020 14:19

by Connor Bennett

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The CoD Mobile devs have confirmed some of the new content coming in Season 11, including the next map and mode, as well as new perks. 

With Call of Duty Mobile Season 10 coming to a close, there has been plenty of interest about what Season 11 could have in store. 

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However, the devs have kept things mostly under wraps. There has been no test server ahead of the one-year anniversary update, and as for teasers and reveals, they’ve been kept to a minimum.

The devs have dropped small teasers in replies to fans about “surprises” coming in the new season, as well as hints about “multiple” weapons. However, they’ve now finally revealed their roadmap for the new season – and it includes some exciting new content. 

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Season 11’s roadmap appeared in-game on October 9 once players logged in for the first time, so if you quickly brushed it aside, you might have missed some key details about what’s coming up.

The biggest of which is the new map – King. Just like the Gulag in Season 9 and Pine in Season 10, King comes from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight mode. 

On top of that, there will also be a new multiplayer game mode in the form of Cranked. If you’ve never played it before, it’s a spin on the typical Team Deathmatch. Players have 30 seconds to get a kill or they’ll explode, and for each kill you get, you will receive bonus points. 

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The roadmap for CoD Mobile Season 11.
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The roadmap for CoD Mobile Season 11.

The roadmap also confirms one of the game’s new killstreaks in the form of the Advanced UAV. This had been teased by the devs back in September after one fan begged them for a Blackbird-like scorestreak. 

As for when the new season will drop, the devs have confirmed that will happen on October 14 at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST/1 AM BST. Once the update is released, there will be plenty of new content that comes with it too, but that will only be unveiled at that point.