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Another Call of Duty league team name and logo possibly revealed

Published: 21/Sep/2019 10:00 Updated: 21/Sep/2019 11:42

by Daniel Cleary

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The name and logo of another organization competing in the upcoming Call of Duty franchise league may have been revealed ahead of official announcement.

As the hype is ramping up for the inaugural year of the Call of Duty franchised league, with the recent release of the Modern Warfare beta, fans are looking forward to the confirmed organizations revealing their team’s brand in the offseason.

Toronto’s slot, which is owned Overactive Media, the parent organization of former CWL competitors Splyce and the OWL’s Toronto Defiant, may be among the first of the brands to be revealed after a filed Trademark on a name and logo involving the Canadian city was discovered by CDL Intel.

@SplyceOveractive Media have previously fielded rosters in Call of Duty under the Splyce brand.

As all franchise teams within the new league are required to have branding that represents their home city in some form, fans quickly suspected that the Trademark filing with the “Toronto Ultra” listed would be Overactive Media’s new brand.

The applicant’s address on the trademark filing also matches the address of the offices of Overactive Media according to the Toronto Defiant’s website, although whether or not they decide to use the brand for CoD’s franchise league is yet to be confirmed.

The trademark filing also gave Toronto fans a first look at the possible logo for the Canadian esports organization ahead of the inaugural year of competition in the franchise league.

intelcallofduty / twitterTrademark filing for “Toronto Ultra” esports team name and logo.
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This is not the first team to have their brand possibly leaked early as other teams such as the Kroenke’s LA slot are also rumored to have settled on a name for the franchised league.

Despite the brand being apparently revealed, there has not been much shared about Toronto’s roster although many fans are suspecting that the roster will be built around former Splyce star Loony.

However, it is likely that more details on the line-up will be revealed closer to the release of the new Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare as the initial roster signing period only commenced in early September. 

Some of Toronto’s future competitors in the CoD franchise league have already announced players who were signed pending league approval such as London’s and Minnesota’s roster updates on September 20.

To keep up to date with all of the Call of Duty roster announcements and updates ahead of franchising check out our Off-Season Rostermania hub.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.