Leaked Call of Duty franchise league deck reveals minimum salaries, team sizes, expansion plans - Dexerto
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Leaked Call of Duty franchise league deck reveals minimum salaries, team sizes, expansion plans

Published: 18/Aug/2019 20:57 Updated: 18/Aug/2019 22:27

by Richard Lewis


Dexerto has obtained part of the deck sources claim is being distributed to current and potential investors in Activison Blizzard’s upcoming Call of Duty Franchise League.

Although the CDL is due to start in 2020, a comprehensive overlook of the league has yet to be revealed publicly. Instead there has been a slow drip-feed of information through leaks, rumors and the occasional press statement from the developer.

The pages of the deck that were provided to Dexerto were focused on the operational aspects of the teams that will take part, as well as containing some details about Blizzard’s plans to expand and monetize the league beyond 2020.

According to the deck, teams that take part in the league will agree to have an appointed general manager as well as 7-10 players on the books. Players will be signed to a “standard contract” and must be provided a minimum salary that currently is agreed upon as being $50,000. 

Although there is no stipulated salary limit for players, the league will operate a “competitive balance tax” in the same way the Overwatch League does. This will mean that if a team goes beyond a certain threshold of spending, the amount they go over by is then divided up by the rest of the teams within the threshold and distributed to them. The maximum player payroll before competitive balance tax looks set to be $1.575 million in year 1.

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Salaries are to be paid by the team directly to the player. Prize money distribution will be at the behest of teams in the league, but Activision Blizzard look set to state that a minimum of 50% of prize money must go to the team’s players, although they add that this can be divided at the team’s discretion.

The document also stipulates that teams will be “responsible for costs and expenses of fulfilling their responsibilities and exploiting their rights.”

In regards to the value of franchise slots, the developer states that they expect a slot to be worth over $45 million in ten years, suggesting this model is something they will continue to support and develop for a long time. They also have said that they expect media rights to be worth approximately $20 million in year 1, although it isn’t clear how this will be earned.

The league is proposed to run from January to July and then the new Call of Duty releases will be scheduled for Fall on the calendar. In their recent Q2 earnings call Activision Blizzard stated that while they will be supporting Call of Duty releases as “live services” and looking to build communities around those games, annual releases are still likely to remain part of their business model.

In total, the league hopes to expand to 28 city-based teams.

Also included in the deck there were some references to Overwatch League and how successful a project it had been financially. The included information said the league was projected to make $25 million in revenue in season 1 but actually generated $82 million. Over half of that figure was from Twitch paying $45 million per year in a two year deal for exclusive online broadcasting rights.

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While we confirmed the veracity of this document with another source who is close to the league they added: “currently these details are subject to change between now and the official announcement.”

Activision responded to our request for comment: “As a matter of policy, we don’t typically comment on rumors and speculation. What we will say however is that there are factual inaccuracies in this reporting. Further information on the future of Call of Duty esports is forthcoming and we look forward to sharing it with the community soon. In the meantime, we’re watching and celebrating the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship taking place this weekend.”

At the time of publishing, the CWL Championship Grand Final is currently taking place. We will continue to provide updates on the future of the Call of Duty franchise league as and when they become available.

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How to get free Black Ops Cold War & Warzone pre-Season 1 bundles

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:56 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce


With the announcement that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War has been delayed, Activision and Treyarch also confirmed that players will be able to get their hands on two free bundles ahead of the first content drop. Here’s everything you need to know about what it includes and how to get it.

While Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which was set to bring brand new maps and integrate the game with Warzone, was originally set to come out on December 10, the developers have now announced a slew of new details about the first post-content season, including the fact that it will now launch on December 16.

During this deep dive, Treyarch also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get their hands on some new free bundles for the game before the season launches, presumably in order to help tide people over until the new content drop. Here’s how you can get your hands on both bundles.

Field Research and Certified Bundles

The news of the bundles was announced when Activision confirmed that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War had been delayed.

According to Activision, both bundles are set to include a number of different items to use in-game: five in the Field Research bundle and four in the Certified bundle.

While these packs are specifically for Black Ops Cold War players, it’s important to remember that some of these items, like the blueprint and Operators, are available for use in Warzone as well.

  • Field Research Bundle
    • Epic Park Operator skin
    • Epic SMG blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Calling Card
    • Rare Weapon Charm
  • Certified Bundle
    • Epic Garcia Operator skin
    • Rare Assault Rifle blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Weapon Charm

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the bundle and we have no idea what they will look like exactly, as Activision didn’t end up releasing any images of them. Once they become available, however, we’ll update this article.

How to get both bundles for free

Luckily, players won’t have to do much of anything to get their hands on it. That being said, they won’t be given to everyone and you do have to do a simple task to get it. According to Activision, both bundles will be given to players who log-in to the game between December 8 at 10AM PST (1PM EST, 6PM GMT) and December 15 at 11PM PST (2AM EST, 7AM GMT on December 16).

To be clear, logging in simply means that you just have to open the game and get to the main menu. Playing a match isn’t required, although the chance of players opening the game without playing it is slim, to say the least.

That being said, it’s great that Treyarch is giving it away for free. Here’s hoping it’s good enough to hold people over until the new season.