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How much are CDL broadcast rights worth compared to OWL & LCS?

Published: 5/Sep/2019 8:32 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 9:26

by Matt Porter

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Analysts Konvoy Ventures have revealed how much they believe the broadcasting rights to the franchised Call of Duty League are worth ahead of the competition’s official launch in 2020, using the current Overwatch League deal as a basis for thier predictions.

Call of Duty will officially become the third esports title to pursue a franchise model, following in the footsteps of fellow Activision title Overwatch, and Riot Games’ League of Legends.

With the Overwatch League signing a $90 million, two-year deal with Twitch to broadcast exclusively on the platform, it seems set that the media rights to the CDL will also be auctioned off, but how much will it cost to acquire the rights for the franchised competition?

Joe Brady for MLGCall of Duty will move to a franchised format in 2020.

With no official deal in place, Konvoy Ventures used the public details of the Overwatch League to predict how much the media rights for the LCS and CDL would cost to prospective buyers eager to lock down the competitions on their platform.

Based on the $45 million-per-season deal, Konvoy were able to estimate that with an average of 23,861,239 hours watched per month, the price-per-hour watched equates to $1.39, while the 32,753 average viewers means that each spectator is worth $1,374 in the current deal.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch League sold their media rights to Twitch for $45 million per season.

Using those values, Konvoy estimate that the 8.3 million hours watched on average per month would be worth $15,754,703, while the average viewers of 23,794 at the same $1,374-per-viewer would be worth an estimated $32,690,737.

Using those metrics to find an average, Konvoy’s Josh Chapman writes: “In conclusion, we believe that the upcoming contract for media rights of the CDL should be priced at $24 million per season.

“We believe that the most accurate pricing would be based on hours watched and viewers, which would have the total deal (two seasons) priced at $48 million. Our estimates would indicate that each team would receive a max of $2 million a season.”

Chapman concludes: “This assumes that Activision Blizzard takes $0 from media rights, which is unlikely to be the revenue split between them and the franchise owners. In reality, the franchise teams will likely receive quite a bit less.”

MLGTeams in the CDL could receieve a maximum of $2 million each season from media rights.

Those figures pale in comparison when compared to League of Legends though, with Konvoy’s projected media rights for hours watched sitting at a staggering $159,782,733 based on an 84 million hours-per-month average, while the viewership which sits 116,178 would be worth the same amount.

That would bring the estimated rights deal for a two year deal like the OWL’s to $319 million, over three times more than the confirmed Overwatch League deal with Twitch, and six times greater than the estimated Call of Duty League.

Riot GamesUsing the same metrics, the value of a League of Legends media rights deal would be massive.

Konvoy Ventures state that for CoD franchises who spend the reported $25 million on their city-based franchise, it would take over 12 seasons, or six years, to make back the franchise fee assuming they received the full $2 million in yearly media rights, and that they were breaking even before they were paid their share.

How much the actual CDL rights will be sold off for remains to be seen, with no timeline announced by Activision Blizzard for the deal.

H/T: Konvoy Ventures

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CoD Mobile October 22 update adds Halloween Events, new modes, more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 3:33

by Brad Norton

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The latest Call of Duty Mobile update has arrived as the developers have introduced a heap of new content along with plenty of Halloween-themed surprises.

Call of Duty has well and truly been overrun with Halloween-festivities over the past few days. First Modern Warfare and Warzone were both hit with freaky updates. Now it’s time for CoD Mobile to join them.

The October 22 update brings with it a complete rundown on upcoming events, as well as new weapons, maps, and a huge balance pass. It’s a meaty update so there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.

From when you can expect certain Halloween-challenges to what new modes have been deployed, here’s everything to know about the latest CoD Mobile update.

Halloween-themed events in CoD Mobile

Right out of the gate, the CoD Mobile devs clued us in on every event taking place over the next few days. The Survival Kit Seasonal Challenge is already underway, though six unique events will be joining the mix from now until November 1.

Some events will provide you with new weapons such as the first of its kind NA-45 explosive sniper. Meanwhile, other events will allow you to play on specific Halloween-themed maps. 

Every day you come back to CoD Mobile will bring you something new, so here’s what to look out for over the next week.

CoD Mobile weekly updates

  • 10/21 – Survival Kit Seasonal Challenge
  • 10/23 – Elite Marksmen Seasonal Challenge
  • 10/23 – 11/01 ~ Pumpkin Confirmed Event & Playlist (MP)
  • 10/23 – 11/01 ~ Halloween Standoff Playlist (MP)
  • 10/23 – 10/29 ~ King’s Quarters Event (MP)
  • 10/23 – 10/29 ~ King 24/7 Playlist (MP)
  • 10/26 – 11/01 ~ Attack of the Undead Playlist (MP)

Halloween twists on classic multiplayer modes in CoD Mobile

Similar to how Modern Warfare has changed up various modes to fit the Halloween festivities, CoD Mobile’s playlists are adapting too. First up is a unique spin on Kill Confirmed. Rather than picking up Dog Tags, players will be dropping Pumpkins all over the map instead.

Adding to the chaos, this playlist will now put 20 players into a lobby in 10v10 action. Not only that but unique rewards will also be on offer. Just for playing this limited-time mode four unique items can be unlocked. There are two weapon skins styled as a Jack O’ Lantern, a Rare sticker, along with a Pumpkin weapon charm.

Kill Confirmed CoD Mobile gameplay
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Kill Confirmed is now Pumpkin Confirmed.

Also making a return this time around is the spooky version of Standoff. The iconic multiplayer map has been given a terrifying makeover and it’ll pop up across almost every competitive playlist throughout the Halloween update.

Last but not least, Attack of the Undead is back for a limited time. You’ll be able to play this survival-based mode in its own exclusive playlist over the next few days. Be the last player left standing against Undead enemies to claim the victory.

New map and weapon in CoD Mobile

Packed into the latest update is a batch of new content outside of the Halloween goodies. You’ll be able to jump into a new yet familiar map while getting your hands on a one-of-a-kind sniper to boot.

Modern Warfare’s popular ‘King’ map has made its way to the mobile experience. The small gunfight map has been translated over for 2v2 and 1v1 action.

There’s a unique 24/7 playlist and even original rewards just for checking out the new stomping grounds as well.

Call of Duty Mobile King's map
Activision
The King’s Quarters event comes with a handful of unique rewards.

After plenty of teasers, the NA-45 explosive sniper rifle is finally arriving in CoD Mobile. “Every other shot you fire triggers explosive damage that can hit multiple players,” the devs confirmed.

In order to keep things balanced, however, each individual shot deals less damage than other snipers. Headshots will still be a one-hit kill though.

Rounding out the patch is a series of balancing updates and bug fixes. The NA-45 has already had its damage scaled back right out of the gate. The DLQ33 will now reload faster and the HG40 has been buffed overall in multiplayer.

The latest update is already available in-game and there’s clearly plenty to look forward to over the coming days. Check out the full list of balance updates below.

Call of Duty: Mobile full October 22 patch notes

Multiplayer

  • NA-45: Damage reduced
  • DLQ33: Reload speed increased
  • HG40: Firing range reduced, damage at medium range reduced, and other adjustments

Battle Royale

  • NA-45: Damage reduced and bullet velocity reduced
  • Purifier: Damage enhanced slightly, players can now cancel Reload animation
  • Tempest: Damage and damage radius enhanced slightly, weapon fire charging time decreased

Attachments

  • Attachments for shotguns
    • Sawed-Off Barrel (-2): Negative effect of reducing firing range has been mitigate
    • Extended Barrel (+2): Active effect of enhancing firing range has been weakened
  • Attachments for the NA-45
    • High Explosive Ammo: The explosion range of the ammo -10%
  • Attachments for the Fennec
    • Extended Mag: clip size extended