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Activision reveal first five city locations for franchised Call of Duty league

Published: 2/May/2019 20:29 Updated: 3/May/2019 15:48

by Albert Petrosyan

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Activision Blizzard have revealed the first five cities and organizations that have purchased a spot in the new franchised Call of Duty league.

It’s no longer a secret that Call of Duty esports will be going through a major change in structure as Activision Blizzard establish the new franchised league that’s expected to debut in the 2020 esports season. 

It appears that this massive transition is progressing well, as there are five organizations that have already staked claim to a spot in the franchised league. 

First five spots already sold

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick announced on May 2 that they had already sold five spots for the franchised CoD league to organizations based in five different cities.

Moreover, all five organizations are also owners of teams in the Overwatch League, which Kostick has revealed to have been done by design, as they would “recognize the scale of opportunity from their partnerships with us on the OWL.”

  • Atlanta (Owned by Atlanta Esports Ventures)
  • Dallas (Owned by Team Envy)
  • New York (Owned by Sterling VC with New York Mets owner as partner)
  • Paris (Owned by c0ntact Gaming, LLC)
  • Toronto (Owned by OverActive Media)

BlizzardDallas Fuel owners Team Envy will be continuing their involvement in CoD esports after purchasing one of the first five franchise spots.

With these five already being announced, the attention turns to who else will be involved in the franchised CoD league. On that note, Kotich remarked that they will “announce additional owners and markets later this year.”

With Team Envy and Overactive Media Group (Splyce) being the only teams currently in the CWL to have secured a spot, it’ll be interesting to see which other prominent orgs known for their CoD teams will join them in the new league. 

Activision already raising impressive revenue

According to various sources, including ones that have spoken to ESPN, the price for each spot in the new franchised CoD league has been set to $25 million.

More recent reports suggest that bidding for each spot could cause this price-tag to go up much higher, with CEO Kotick confirming that the price was “much higher than the initial price” for the OWL.

Even if we take each spot at its reported base price, this news means that Activision Blizzard have already raised a whopping $125 million in selling league spots. 

Activision BlizzardMany of those who spots in the franchised CoD league are likely to be owners of teams in the OWL, seeing as how they’ve already worked with Activision Blizzard.

How the new franchised CoD league will work

While there hasn’t been too much concrete information revealed about the new franchised CoD league, it’s been confirmed that each team will represent and be based in one of the major cities in either the United States or abroad.

Activision BlizzardFormer NFL executive and current head of CWL at Activision is expected to be announced as commissioner

As far as the structure of the league itself, it will operate very much like any franchised league, meaning that teams that have purchased a spot are always guaranteed to compete without having to qualify or be at risk of possible relegation to a lower division.

This is, of course, a major contrast to how the CWL works currently, which involves teams having to qualify for the Pro League each season, resulting in some major teams missing out on professional competition. 

While it has not yet been absolutely confirmed, the franchised league is expected to kick off its inaugural season in early-2020, which is right around when the Pro League has traditionally started each campaign.


We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

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“Broken” reticles you should avoid using in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:50

by Julian Young

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Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players have been grinding to unlock their favorite weapons, skins, and customization options. Unlocking the best reticles for each gun is important, and a video by YouTuber ‘JGOD’ has exposed some huge issues with the game’s current reticle choices.

Since the game’s release on November 13, Black Ops Cold War players have been furiously grinding to unlock additional weapons and customization options in both Multiplayer and Zombies.

Some of the most important items for players to unlock are the various gun reticles across the two main game modes. Players want to make sure they are using the best reticle to help them stay on-target during the action.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, content creator ‘JGOD’ has criticized the current offering of reticles in Cold War, along with confirming which are the best options with what’s available.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Loadout Screen
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Reticles are just one of the many customization options available to players in Cold War.

Broken reticles in Cold War

In the video, JGOD takes a deep dive into the issues with the reticles available in Multiplayer and Zombies. He breaks down exactly what is wrong with each of the reticles for the 1.25x and 1.37x scopes, which are some of the most popular options in Cold War.

JGOD starts off on Cartel with some basic red dot/triangle options for each scope, showing how they can be seen easily when looking at textures like walls. However, as soon as he moves his reticle up into the air, the red crosshairs completely disappear.

“Where did that red reticle go?” he asks while looking around. The YouTuber continues by showing how some reticles – even yellow and green options – are invisible when looking at other textures around the map. He seems shocked, saying: “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever had this issue in any other Call of Duty.”

The video continues with a breakdown of each reticle’s in-game appearance compared to their image in Cold War’s loadout menu. JGOD shows that almost every red, yellow, or green reticle is affected by different visual issues, and players should avoid those options until the problems are addressed.

Best reticle options for Black Ops Cold War

With all the issues JGOD pointed out in his video, players might be wondering what reticles are still worth using. Luckily, there are still a few good options available.

Similar to Modern Warfare, the blue reticle options appear to be the best choice for Cold War players at the moment. JGOD confirms that, saying: “When it comes to the reticles . . . you wanna pretty much go with the blue ones.” He winds down his video by saying he is “just bringing awareness to this type of issue, so that if the devs were unaware of how broken this is, they can get on it.”

While Treyarch has confirmed they are working on other reticles issues – like certain reticles appearing upside down – they have not addressed the concerns surrounding reticle visibility at the time of writing.