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Activision hints at possibility of OWL franchising coming to CWL

Published: 8/Nov/2018 22:21 Updated: 8/Nov/2018 22:50

by Wyatt Donigan

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The CWL has undergone many changes since its inception in 2016, but the league could soon be taking a page out of the Overwatch League’s book with a brand-new format.

With many leagues throughout esports adopting the franchise model, many have speculated that the model would be on its way to the CWL before long.

During Activision Blizzard’s Third Quarter Results call on November 8, the publisher addressed the topic and gave credence to the idea of eventual changes to the CWL.

It was confirmed during the call that Activision is “actively” working on ways to adopt the OWL system to Call of Duty esports.

In the Overwatch League, instead of having teams move in and out of the main League, each team receives a franchise spot that it’s allowed to retain regardless of performance. 

This is in stark contrast to what is currently seen in the CWL, as only a certain amount of teams gain access to the Pro League during each season. The CWL also has the additional inclusion of Open events that extend the season and allow hundreds of teams the chance to compete. 

Activision’s statements during the Results Call give fuel to reports from Richard Lewis and other sources that franchising is indeed coming to the CWL and that franchises already in the Overwatch League will receive first bids on CWL spots. 

In addition to adopting the franchise model, Activision could be looking to bring a new format to the CWL schedule to bring it more in line with what’s seen in the Overwatch League. 

The 2019 CWL Season will kick off with CWL Vegas in December.

Currently, the CWL Pro League will feature a single 12-week season that culminates with the Pro League Finals in 2019. Teams will also compete at various Open events throughout the season before ending things at the Call of Duty World Championships.

On the other hand, the OWL features divisions that each team competes in, distinct stages of competition, and a single playoff that closes out the season.

Activision made it clear that no announcements would be made on the matter just yet, but given that it’s being actively discussed points to this becoming a reality sooner rather than later.

The Black Ops 4 CWL season officially kicked off with last weekend’s first 2K tournaments, with the first Open event set to begin on December 7 in Las Vegas.

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Will there be next-gen for Modern Warfare? PS5 version found

Published: 2/Dec/2020 17:19

by Lauren Bergin

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is practically a household name for FPS fans and non-gamers alike. It’s no shock then that CoD fans were beyond excited at the possibility of a PS5 version of the game. 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has become a staple title for the CoD franchise. After a recent clarification from an Infinity Ward dev that more content is coming soon fans have jumped back aboard the Modern Warfare hype train.

This announcement had fans scratching their heads over what new content would be released, especially when Black Ops: Cold War and its Warzone season are likely to be the focus of development for some time.

A reddit user, however, has sparked some life into the community by leaking a possible PS5 release for Modern Warfare in the near future.

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Modern Warfare is the game that birthed Call of Duty: Warzone, which has exploded into a fully fledged esport.

Modern Warfare on PS5 Leak

A post and possible leak on r/GamingLeaksAndRumours by reddit user asjonesy99 has seized the interest of CoD fans from across the globe.

The post sees the possibility of there being a PS5 version of the title available in the near future. When purchasing the game, the dropdown menu shows the original PS4 version followed by a PS5 version.

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The original post states that when he selects this option it becomes locked. After checking a plethora of other games, there are no other options for PS5 versions, so either this is a simple error or CoD are planning a future PS5 update for the game.

While excited, a lot of fans weren’t particularly shocked at this leak simply due to the popularity of Warzone, which launched alongside Modern Warfare in October 2019 and is fully integrated into the game.

The future is of course uncertain, and in turn this means that this could be nothing. However, it’s really exciting to think that Modern Warfare will be back with a bang to continue to inspire future generations of FPS players in the same way it has inspired the current one.