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C9 and London Spitfire CEO on potentially joining CoD franchise league

Published: 5/Sep/2019 18:28 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 1:27

by Alan Bernal

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Call of Duty franchised team, and with his org already have a strong presence in the United Kingdom by owning the London Spitfire, it could be a smart play.

Blizzard Activision is getting ready to give Call of Duty esports a massive overhaul that would make it more in-line with the Overwatch League. While many specifics about the league’s structure are still murky to the public, organization owners are working with more details to calculate if a CDL investment will pan out.

The massive price tag of $25 million for an org to take a slot in the Call of Duty league has already seen prominent brands in the scene confirm that they wouldn’t be entering next year’s competition.

Cloud9 YouTubeThe Cloud9 CEO isn’t shutting out the possibility to enter the CDL.

In Cloud9’s Sept 5 episode of “The 9’s,” host Christopher ‘Montecristo’ Mykles sat down with the orgs top brass CEO Etienne and touched on the org’s outlook for expanding into other games.

“Call of Duty (is) franchising right now,” Montecristo said. “A lot of the Overwatch League teams have started to get into that. Is Cloud9 going to be another one of those?”

Without breaking stride, the CEO responded with tamed enthusiasm as it seems like the door isn’t closed for a Cloud9-backed CDL team.

“It’s super interesting,” Etienne said. “I can’t get specific but it’s really interesting, and I’m checking it out.”

(Timestamp at 11:52 for mobile viewers)

At the time of writing, there are nine confirmed teams entering the Call of Duty League based around the cities of New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Paris, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, and two separate Los Angeles teams.

But the Call of Duty scene is huge in the United Kingdom. With Cloud9 already operating the London Spitfire for the Overwatch League, it could be a natural segway to open up a team-based around that city. Overwatch League owners do have first market rights on teams in their market, after all. 

Since there is already a team planned for France’s capital, the English Channel rivalry series between the Paris CDL team and a potential London franchise could keep European fans locked into the new league all season.

While the Cloud9 CEO was restrained in revealing any future plans that might be in the works, the prospect for a CDL team with near-exclusive rights to all of UK’s fans could be too enticing to pass up.

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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton

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Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.