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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


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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CoD Mobile devs confirm iconic weapon coming in Season 14

Published: 16/Jan/2021 16:47

by Connor Bennett


The Call of Duty Mobile devs have revealed that one iconic CoD weapon is coming in 2021’s Season 1 update, and it should be recognizable to any long-time CoD fan.

For years, Call of Duty fans have begged Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Activision, and anyone else who will listen, for a game that takes the best part of all previous releases and puts them into one.

Increasingly, we’re seeing more map remakes, classic weapons returning, and even character crossovers thanks to Warzone, but it’s CoD Mobile that really fits the bill of what that all-encompassing CoD game would be.

The mobile game has maps from CoD 4: Modern Warfare, Black Ops 1, as well as weapons from Advanced Warfare and even Black Ops 3 and 4. With the first major update of 2021 just around the corner, the devs have started teasing what’s coming next, and we’re getting more throwbacks.

Ghost in CoD mobile and the Crossfire map
CoD Mobile has characters, maps, and weapons from almost every modern Call of Duty game.

Even though CoD Mobile is currently, as of writing, in Season 13, when the first major update of 2021 hits, we’ll be back to Season 1. Just like how Fortnite is now Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 5.

Regardless, when players finally get to play the new season update, they’ll be able to wield the FAMAS. Yes, the iconic Call of Duty weapon, that has been in a whole host of CoD games is finally arriving in CoD Mobile.

The devs confirmed the news on January 16, tweeting out their first teaser for the new season. “A new weapon is approaching! Can you guess what it is?” they said, with an image and it’s fairly obvious that the weapon in question is the FAMAS.

The name of the iconic weapon might get a slight tweak when it is added to CoD Mobile. The devs have tweaked the names of other recognizable guns before, just to give it a new feel for the mobile game.

There’s also the question of whether it’ll be as powerful as it was, say, back in Black Ops 1. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long.