Call of Duty World League May Soon be Getting Franchising and Overwatch League Team Owners Will Get First Rights - Dexerto
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Call of Duty World League May Soon be Getting Franchising and Overwatch League Team Owners Will Get First Rights

Published: 23/Jun/2018 2:39 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:10

by Albert Petrosyan


It appears that the trend of franchising in esports is getting more and more prevalent as Call of Duty looks to be the next major game to adopt the model.

Sources claim that the series’ publishing company Activision will look to introduce the format to the CoD World League as early as later this year, which would suggest that it would be for the Black Ops 4 season.

Since its creation, the CWL has primarily used a promotion-relegation format, which means that the slots within the Pro League have been filled by teams based on merit and performance.

However, it appears that will not be the case for much longer as Activision will look to sell of team spots and hope to mimic the success of its highly successful Overwatch League, which currently has 12 franchises, all of whom have paid over $20 million for a spot.

This was made apparent by the wording Activision used in their 2017 annual report:

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Furthermore, sources have told ESPN Esports that the owners of the Overwatch League franchises will get first right of negotiation for a CWL franchise spot, per the terms of their contracts with Activision.

This means that if and when the CWL does adopt a franchising model, the OWL team owners will get the first chance to purchase a spot.

Currently, only the owners of Dallas Fuel (Team EnVy) and the Houston Outlaws (OpTic Gaming) are involved in the professional ranks of Call of Duty esports.

While Activision is yet to comment on these reports, all signs point to the Black Ops 4 season of the CWL likely being the first one to have some form of franchising.

During the game’s Community Reveal Event in May, Mark Lamia, the chairman of developer company Treyarch, hinted at BO4 being the first CoD title to last longer than one year, which would break the yearly release cycle that the series has had over the past 15 years.

“It’s the deepest, most replayable game we’ve ever made across the three pillars of Black Ops 4, multiplayer, zombies and our new mode, blackout. This is a game for every kind of player. It’s a game that’s built to last for years to come.”

If this is indeed the case, then franchising would make even more sense for Acitivision and the CWL, considering that two of the biggest esports leagues – OWL and League of Legends Championship Series – both continually update their games rather than releasing new ones.

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CoD Mobile devs explain why Overkill perk hasn’t been added yet

Published: 30/Oct/2020 13:26

by Connor Bennett


The Call of Duty Mobile devs have shed a little bit more light on why the Overkill perk hasn’t been added just yet despite being teased for a few seasons now.

With each new Call of Duty Mobile season, fans of the game are treated to a whole batch of new content, typically including a new weapon, new map, new skins, and a new character. 

Back in CoD Mobile Season 8, the Overkill perk was supposed to be added alongside Quick Fix and Shrapnel. Though the other two made it in, Overkill was left locked until being removed not too long ago. 

The removal of the perk, which has been a staple in other CoD titles, has had fans questioning whether the devs are getting rid of it entirely, and now, they’ve shed a little more light on what’s happened. 

Overkill perk in the CoD mobile create a class screen
Screenshot via CoD Mobile
Overkill was listed a perk for CoD Mobile but was never available.

Following their October 29 Community Update, where they revealed some additional content for Halloween, as well as going over bug fixes for the current season, the devs were quizzed on plenty of different topics – including Overkill. 

Players asked if it was still in the works and if they had any further info to add, given that players have been waiting quite a while to see it. “No, not yet. Still the same situation as before where we aren’t quite comfortable enough with weapon balance after the introduction of Gunsmith,”  the devs replied. 

Adding on to that, they continued: “We need weapon balance to be damn near perfect before we drop Overkill into the mix since that can have a huge effect on weapon balance as well.”

Given that the power of balancing is in the hands of the devs, there’s no telling as to when the mobile game will be balanced enough for Overkill to be introduced. 

Fans who have been waiting for the perk will be hoping that this day comes sooner rather than later, but, we’ll just have to wait and see.