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Florida and LA franchises for Call of Duty league announced

Published: 20/Aug/2019 16:30 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:28

by Miguel Lozada

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The eighth and ninth spots for the inaugural season of the franchised Call of Duty league have been confirmed, acquired by Misfits Gaming and Kroenke Esports & Entertainment, who will represent the Florida and second LA franchises respectively.

Activision first revealed that the eighth spot had been sold for the league in their latest earnings call, but kept the location and owner under wraps.

On August 20, Misfits confirmed that they had purchased the Florida spot, which was unsurprising really, given they already own Florida Mayhem in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League.

Misfits explained that their experience with the Overwatch League and Activision Blizzard was part of their decision to expand into the Call of Duty league, and said that their experience in the “franchise model” give them a “huge advantage”.

Kroenke Esports & Entertainment, holding company for NFL team Los Angeles Rams and Premier League side Arsenal, have acquired the second Los Angeles spot. Like Misfits, the firm also owns an Overwatch League team, in the LA Gladiators.

OpTic Gaming, and their parent company Immortals Gaming Club, acquired the other LA spot, meaning there will be a city rivalry just like the Overwatch League.

Espat Media / Kevin HaubeThe final CWL Championship was played out on August 14-18, with eUnited the eventual winners.

The Call of Duty league’s commissioner, Johanna Fairies, said: “Both ownership groups have a shared commitment to the growth of esports and building professional teams in their markets that home fans can be proud of and rally behind in the new city-based format.”

There are now a total of nine spots confirmed: New York, Paris, Dallas, Toronto, Atlanta, Minnesota, Florida and the two Los Angeles brands.

What is the franchised Call of Duty league?

Having first implemented the franchise system for their other big esport title with the Overwatch League, Activision are now transforming the decade-old Call of Duty esport into a fully-fledged franchise league too.

The league will use city-based brands, meaning the renowned organizations like OpTic Gaming, Team Envy and FaZe Clan will be no more, at least officially. Exact naming rules haven’t been announced publicly yet, but it is expected that all new team names and branding will be created

The Call of Duty World League was introduced in 2015-16, but will transform into a franchised system in 2020.

leaked deck obtained by Dexerto revealed more details about the upcoming league, including roster sizes, minimum salaries and more, but Activision say the details are still being ironed out.

Although it is set to bring more stability to Call of Duty esports, there are concerns about how the franchise system may affect the amateur scene, and whether it will be able to live up to the hype of open events, which have been a mainstay of competitive CoD since its inception.

The league is set to begin in 2020, and will be played on the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, set for release on October 25.

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Nadeshot’s 2011 Tweet about quitting McDonald’s goes viral again

Published: 31/Oct/2020 12:33 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 12:40

by Joe Craven

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A historic tweet from Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, 100 Thieves founder and ex-Call of Duty professional, has resurfaced, showing the future esports star questioning whether he should quit his job at McDonalds. 

The story of Nadeshot’s rise to esports royalty is well known, with the 100 Thieves owner originally making a name for himself as an OpTic Gaming Call of Duty player. Alongside Scump, he became one of the world’s best known CoD players, renowned for his talent and inherently likeable personality on camera.

His time as a CoD player peaked with a Gold Medal at the X Games back in Call of Duty Ghosts, stealing the crown from under the noses of Team Kaliber after a memorable win over Evil Geniuses in the semi-final. But, his success out of game is also crucial, as content creation is the main reason he stood out among other pro players.

A controversial split from OpTic Gaming after Advanced Warfare struggles signalled the end of Nadeshot’s time as a professional CoD player, but his involvement in the esports scene remains as strong as ever.

Nadeshot playing for OpTic Gaming
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Nadeshot played Call of Duty for OpTic Gaming.

The founder of 100 Thieves, Nadeshot’s organization currently compete in League of Legends and Valorant. Sources have also indicated to Dexerto that they will soon enter the Call of Duty League, buying Los Angeles OpTic’s slot in the league.

However, reminders of where Nadeshot has come from are frequent, with a 2011 Tweet resurfacing amid attention from big esports names. The Tweet, dated March 27, 2011, sees Nadeshot flirting with the idea of quitting his job at McDonalds.

“Who wants to see me quit McDonalds within this next week or two?!” it reads, representing what a big move his resignation was at the time of the tweet. At this time, he was competing in Call of Duty, and his YouTube/streaming career was just taking off.

Nade himself quoted his tweet with a Ferris Bueller reference, saying how fast life moves:

After the Tweet caught traction on October 30, new replies reflect just how far Nade has come, with H3CZ joking that he’s “got a house” for him to live in. The throwback will be nostalgic for many, as Nadeshot’s time on OpTic Gaming approaches a decade old.

Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem responded, joking that it was worth sticking it out at McDonalds because they’re set to raise the national minimum wage. Regardless, we’re sure owning 100 Thieves is a more lucrative career.

Two-time CoD World Champion JKap also got involved, joking that leaving McDonalds would be “risky” for Nadeshot. It was certainly a risk, but it’s paid off 1000 times over.

Away from big names, many people were quick to comment on how inspirational they found Nadeshot’s rise, targeting similar rises of their own.

One Twitter user said “Follow your dreams. This man is living proof”, while another said: “This is my goal, friends. Soon. Promise.”

Nadeshot’s prominence in the world of esports is testament to his attitude and talent, complemented by a serious amount of hard work. We look forward to hearing similarly inspirational stories from the next generation of esports icons.