OpTic’s Crimsix reveals what will make or break franchising in Call of Duty esports - Dexerto
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OpTic’s Crimsix reveals what will make or break franchising in Call of Duty esports

Published: 27/Nov/2018 17:51 Updated: 27/Nov/2018 17:55

by Connor Bennett


OpTic Gaming’s Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter have spoken about the possibility of franchising in professional Call of Duty and given their opinions on the matter.

It is believed franchising in Call of Duty has been considered by Activision for a few years and was most recently talked about publicly just after the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. On their Third Quarter Results call, the publisher mentioned that they were ‘actively working’ to see how to implement franchising in Call of Duty.  

With plenty of other games moving into the franchise model and the success of Activision’s own Overwatch League, many believe that it’ll happen in time for 2019’s Call of Duty title.

During Episode 11 of H3CZ’s Eavesdrop Podcast, Crim speaks on why he thinks franchising in the game would be successful from the standpoint of a professional and what could possibly hinder it.

“That’s the biggest thing for me (game studios working together to make good games),” Crim says. “There’s no way the infrastructure is messed up – like, Activision has already done this once. If they do it again, they’re probably going to do it better than the first time.”

He continues: “The only thing that literally everything rides on is if the game is good or if its bad. At the end of the day, I think that is what matters the absolute most.”

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“Imagine franchising on IW. I liked it as a competitor but pubs were awful. That’s not just my opinion, that’s a whole bunch of other people’s opinion.

“If they launch it on a game like Black Ops 4 or Black Ops 3, just a well liked game, then it’s gonna go places. I think it’s gonna go places no matter what but that cap of how successful it can be is just based solely on the game.”

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H3CZ adds that there are rumours of franchising happening prior to the next game being released and that changes have been made that point towards those rumours being true – mainly changing from 4v4 to 5v5.

Since moving to 5v5, Crimsix and the new OpTic Gaming lineup have dominated the online tournaments of Black Ops 4 and are gearing up for the opening event of the year, CWL Las Vegas, which will take place December 7 through to December 9.

The Greenwall have been drawn in Pool D for the competition alongside Spylce, G2, a winner of the play-in bracket and an open bracket team.

Disclaimer: Hector Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney


The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.