The emergence of a city-based franchised league for Call of Duty has cast a degree of uncertainty towards the future of several top organizations currently competing in the esport, 100 Thieves included.
If 100T do not purchase or produce the winning bid for one of the league spots, they would face the possibility of being left out of competitive CoD just a year after making their highly anticipated entrance into the scene.
While their future in the esport currently remains unclear, Nadeshot has confirmed that the organization is considering trying to stick around.
When asked about the potential of seeing 100 Thieves in the city-based franchise league for Call of Duty, in his July 16 interview with Forbes, the CEO said “we’re definitely still thinking through it.”
One thing that could definitely help 100 Thieves in their quest to secure a league spot, should they want to do so, is the $35 million they recently raised through Series B round of funding.
The funding round was led by Artist Capital Management, a New York-based private equity and growth investment firm, whose chief investment officer Josh Dienstag will now join the 100 Thieves board of directors.
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Seeing as how Activision Blizzard have reportedly priced spots in the new CoD league starting at $25 million, the new investments could ultimately be what makes the difference between 100T staying in CoD esports and leaving.
All things considered, it would be hard to see 100T making such a quick exit from CoD esports after the incredible debut season they’ve had so far.
The team placed first in two of the four major tournaments this season, winning the CWL events in London and Anaheim back-to-back, and are one of the heavy favorites to win both CWL Finals and Champs – the two biggest competitions of this campaign.
Not to mention, Nadeshot has a deep history in Call of Duty, and always expressed a great desire for 100 Thieves to compete in the esport ever since he founded the organization back in 2016.
Call of Duty franchised league – what we know so far
Despite the fact that it’s scheduled to launch for next season, there is still not much information that has been revealed about the brand new Call of Duty franchised league.
The league will be city-based, with the confirmed host cities so far including Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles, and an undisclosed city in Minnesota.