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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.

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xQc stunned by toxic Call of Duty players in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 18/Nov/2020 1:55

by Bill Cooney


Twitch Star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel is no stranger to trash talk, but what he heard while playing Call of Duty: Cold War was enough to throw even him for a loop.

Call of Duty: Cold War is one of the hottest games on Twitch right now, and xQc certainly seems to have gotten a taste of the series’ legendary chatroom toxicity.

We’re not saying that this is a symptom of the CoD community overall, but the series has built up a reputation for being host to some hilariously venomous lobbies. xQc found this out firsthand while sitting in a lobby, and after getting knocked out.

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The face when the CoD lobby gets a little too lit.

Ask anyone who’s played Call of Duty for long enough, and there’s a good chance is they’ll have a hilarious story about a toxic lobby or three that they’ve been a part of over the years. Now, xQc can officially add that to his list of accomplishments as well.

During a late-night/early morning stream on November 17, Felix ran into a rowdy lobby he tried to calm down in vain, before being called out himself.

“Guys, guys, guys, it’s 3 AM on a f***ing Monday, you guys are playing Call of Duty talking shit,” the former Overwatch pro begged, to no avail, and got told to shut his mouth, just not quite with that exact term.

After this, you’d probably figure things couldn’t get more radioactive, right? Well, you would be wrong, because Felix also ran into some incredibly toxic personalities while he was playing.

After getting knocked out, xQc asked, “It was you right?” before being told in graphic detail what his assailant wanted to do to him. We won’t type the quote out here, but the clip below should give you the gist.

The Canadian does come from the wild west that can be Overwatch games, but nothing really compares to being cursed out by an absolute random in CoD.

Whether Felix will return to Black Ops remains to be seen, especially since he seems to have had the full experience during this stream alone.