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Overwatch League’s Nate Nanzer confirms CoD World League franchising commissioner

Published: 22/Mar/2019 18:49 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 18:59

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty franchising is set to be put in place next year, and the person who will take up the role of commissioner and lead this new CoD World League has now been confirmed. 

Call of Duty will be the latest major esport to receive franchising, and the second one managed by Activision Blizzard after the creation of the Overwatch League in 2017.

Speaking with ESPN Esports, Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer confirmed that Johanna Faries, currently the Head of the CoD World League at Activision, has been named the commissioner of the upcoming franchised league. 

Apart from confirming that Faries will be his counterpart in the new CWL, Nanzer remained tight-lipped about further details, simply saying he knows that something “awesome” is being pulled together. 

(Conversation begins at the 20:00 mark)

Who is Johanna Faries

Faries first joined Activision Blizzard as Head of Product for the current CWL in October of 2018, after having served over a decade in the National Football League as an executive.

The Harvard graduate’s role as Head of the CWL has been to oversee strategic leadership, business operations, and product development, all of which will definitely carry over to her job description as commissioner.

Her appointment as commissioner comes as no major surprise, considering that she did after joining CoD Esports during a pivotal year which saw the competitive format changed from 4v4 to 5v5.

With such a massive transition having gone as smoothly and seamlessly as it has under her watch, fans will likely feel confident having Faries remain at the helm once franchising gets put in place.

Activision BlizzardJohanna Faries, current Head of Product at CoD Esports, has been confirmed as commissioner of the upcoming franchised league.

What is Call of Duty Franchising?

The premise of franchising is to have a league where organizations can purchase spots and consistently field teams each season without having to worry about qualifying every year or being relegated due to poor results.

Call of Duty franchising is expected to be put in place in time for next season, and it’s been confirmed that the league will be city-based, meaning each of participating teams will represent the cities that they are based out of.

Sources have reported that Activision Blizzard have already set a price for each spot in the league, with organizations having to dish out $25 million for each spot.

Other than that, the details surrounding the new CWL remain a bit cloudy, but fans can expect information to start rolling in a lot more over the next few months. 

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.