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Call of Duty franchise spot could cost double initial Overwatch League price

Published: 28/Apr/2019 15:06 Updated: 28/Apr/2019 17:56

by Connor Bennett


The franchising of Call of Duty esports looks to be right around the corner. However, it appears that anyone who is looking get involved will need to pay more than initially reported – with bidding for a spot apparently approaching $40 million.

While other competitive titles like Blizzard’s own Overwatch and Riot Games’ League Of Legends have embraced the franchising model – asking for around $20 million and $10/$12 million, respectively – Call of Duty has been left behind the curve despite Activision repeatedly hinting at the possibility.

However, in mid-February 2019, it was confirmed by Activision that the game would be shifting to franchises – leaving plenty of questions up in the air about who would be investing in spots and how much they would cost.

The top-16 Black Ops 4 team qualified for this years CWL Pro League.

CWL Franchise price could be increasing

An initial report from ESPN stated that Activision Blizzard had reportedly been asking for $25 million per spot in the CWL for the upcoming 2020 season. However, that cost of investment now appears to have changed.

According to esports veteran, broadcaster and industry-insider Scott ‘SirScoots’ Smith, that price tag has risen sharply. On April 28, he tweeted: “Based on the OWL Dallas event, unless the process is over, a spot in the CWL is going to get even more expensive. Last I heard the bidding was already close to $40mil a city.”

However, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf disputed that figure by reiterating his report that the price stood at $25 million for any investor – be they a new group or a current Overwatch League team owner.

The Overwatch League has now begun holding ‘home’ games, and with a massive turnout at the Dallas Fuel’s first home match, the value of the CWL spots could be going up.

Team Envy and Dallas Fuel founder Mike ‘Hastr0‘ Rufail posted a video of the team’s home match, boasting about the impressive crowd size.

City-based CoD franchises

Details about the upcoming Call of Duty franchised model remain scarce, with no indication about how many teams will be involved, whether or not games will be paid in a single arena like the Overwatch League, or if current rosters will have to break up.

One thing for certain is that the teams will be city-based in a similar, if not identical fashion, to how OWL teams are currently operated and branded.

It has been reported that owners of current OWL teams will be able to have the first right of negotiation when it comes to negotiating for their respective home markets – meaning OpTic Gaming and Envy would be able to retain their Houston and Dallas branding.

With the Black Ops 4 competitive season in full swing, it remains to be seen just who invests into the Call of Duty franchise league, and just when the finer details will be announced.

Call of Duty

How to make your Call of Duty stats public in Warzone & Black Ops Cold War

Published: 15/Jan/2021 4:45

by Brad Norton


Activision sets your profile to private by default across both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. Though here’s how you can unlock it and make all of your statistics public.

Sharing your stats in any Call of Duty title is one of the simplest ways to show your talent. Players that obsess over their performance are often trying to improve their stats at all costs.

Whether it’s lifetime KD or average score in a certain gametype, seeing your breakdown helps push you in the right direction. However, Activision made the decision in January 2020 to keep stats private by default.

No exact reason was provided but rest assured, you can revert this decision with a little manual input. Here’s how you can make your Call of Duty stats public in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

Warzone stats
Having your Call of Duty stats set to public helps everyone see your talent.

First up, you’ll need to head over to the official Call of Duty website.

From this page, simply login to your account that’s used for Call of Duty on any platform. Regardless of whether you play on Xbox, PlayStation, or on PC, this method will let you publicize stats across the board.

Once you’re logged in, hover over your profile name in the top right corner.

From here, click the account linking tab in the drop-down menu and you’ll be met with an overview of your linked accounts.

Activision website
Click through to view your linked accounts.

Each platform comes with its own settings, meaning you can keep PC private while making your PlayStation stats public if you so choose. All you have to do is set the ‘searchable’ and ‘data visible’ options to ‘all.’

With those options now set, it might take a little while for your stats to appear online. But you’ll soon be able to view your information through third-party sites like codtracker once again. For an abbreviated list of the steps, check below.

  1. Login to the official Call of Duty website.
  2. Highlight your profile in the top right corner.
  3. Click the ‘account linking’ tab in the drop-down menu.
  4. Set ‘searchable’ and ‘data visible’ options to ‘all.’
Activision website
Ensure that both options are set to ‘all.’

There’s no telling why Activision made the swap to have every profile private by default. Though it doesn’t take long to manually change it up and have access once again.

If you’re looking for places to view your stats without much of a hassle, be sure to check out our quick and easy guide on that as well.