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Richard Lewis Claims CWL Franchise Spots Have Already Been Offered to OWL Teams, Activision Also Targeting New Investment

Published: 9/Sep/2018 18:39 Updated: 10/Sep/2018 9:42

by Calum Patterson


Esports journalist and former host Richard Lewis has said during a recent livestream, that the Call of Duty World League is set to be franchised, with spots having already been offered to Overwatch League (OWL) teams.

During a live stream of the ongoing FACEIT CS:GO London Major, Richard Lewis was discussing with guests Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, an already franchised league, with each organization tied to a city.

Lewis says that when Blizzard were organizing the OWL, they offered franchise spots in a Call of Duty league, as extra incentive for investors.

He goes on to say that the potential investors in the Overwatch League wanted assurances that if and when a Call of Duty franchised league began, they would retain their city link.

“[Activision] were offering – back when they were struggling to get VC groups to invest in the Overwatch Leagues – they were offering franchises in a Call of Duty league that didn’t even exist yet as extra leverage.

That was one of the big stickling points for a lot of these [investors]. They were, for example: ‘We’re the LA team, but we’re not the LA team for Call of Duty? Just for Overwatch? We want to be the LA team for all Blizzard IP. If you start running a sick Hearthstone league, our player is the LA player.’

And Activision Blizzard were like: ‘Well no, because it’s going to limit how many people are going to come in.’ So there was a lot of back and forth. And in the end, the people that they did want to invest – i.e. not some of the third rate esports teams, […] they basically said to the bigger ones, ‘when we do the franchising in this Call of Duty league, we will give you the team that fits into your region as well.”

Finally, he also says that while the Overwatch League investors targeted by Activision were mainly mainstream sports consortiums, the investment plans for a Call of Duty league involve targeting ‘entertainment consortiums’. 

Lewis suggests that consortiums, like the one ran by boxer, Floyd Mayweather, could be the type to invest.

“What they want to do for the Call of Duty league, they’ve said they’re looking at the ‘entertainment consortiums. It’s interesting actually, there’s a lot of sports stars that are trying to get in, I heard Floyd Mayweathers got a consortium going around.

But yeh, they want to get entertainers in, and have these groups of entertainers that band together and create these weird little funds and little groups. And they think it will be a great fit for Call of Duty, because there’s a lot of overlap with hip-hop culture.”

Of course none of this information is official, but Lewis is a trusted journalist with years of experience in the esports industry, and through connections has access to certain insider information.

The reveal for the upcoming 2019 CWL season is set to take place on September 19, live from Treyarch studios. While there is little expectation that franchising will be announced for this coming season, there is a possibility that future plans will be revealed as well.

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When is Black Ops Cold War Season 1? Roadmap, Warzone integration, more

Published: 1/Dec/2020 0:20 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 0:28

by Albert Petrosyan


Black Ops Cold War is all the talk right now in the world of Call of Duty, but there’s a whole lot more content waiting in Season 1! Here’s everything you need to know, including the release date, info about Warzone integration, and more.

Black Ops Cold War comes jam-packed with a lot of content for Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, and a lot more is on its way once the game’s ‘preseason’ period wraps up.

After the first month is in the books, Treyarch will be rolling out a flurry of new experiences for CoD players to enjoy across all modes, including Warzone, which will finally debut its highly anticipated next chapter.

When does Black Ops Cold War Season 1 release?

Season 1 of BOCW, and everything that it’s set to include, is scheduled to launch worldwide on Thursday, December 10 (exact time TBA). It’ll likely come as part of a massive update that also makes changes to existing aspects of the game, such as the weapon balancing patch that’s already been teased.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Roadmap & new content

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A lot of content is coming in the Black Ops Cold War Season 1 roadmap.

As mentioned above, there’s a lot of new goodies for players to keep busy with come December 10.

For multiplayer, there’s going to be new 6v6 maps and modes, new weapons, another Fireteam map, and the return of the 2v2 Gunfight mode that was first introduced in Modern Warfare and became quite a hit. It’s not yet confirmed whether or not the Gunfight maps will be brand new or remakes of the ones from MW.

With Zombies being a big focal point in BOCW, Treyarch’s got stuff coming for that as well. For now, that’s being described as “new Zombies modes,” so fans will have to wait a bit longer for more details.

Last but not least, there’s Warzone, but we’ll get into that in the following sections.

New Prestige levels, Prestige Master, & challenges

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Prestiging is about to get even crazier in Black Ops Cold War Season 1.

After a year’s absence, the Prestige ranking system is back in Call of Duty, but the BOCW version works a bit differently than in past titles. Following this ‘preseason’ period, in which players can Prestige up to three times, the launch of Season 1 will introduce a whole new depth to this system.

S1, and every season that follows, will have four additional Prestige ranks to achieve across the first 200 levels, with a new Weapon Blueprint that can be unlocked at level 50. Those who manage to hit level 200 and gain all four will also earn the rank of Prestige Master, which also unlocks Prestige icons from past CoD games.

It doesn’t end there, either; there’s actually going to be 1000 levels available in each season, so there’s going to be plenty to level up for even after you get Prestige Master.

Lastly, S1 will add in two sets of new challenges – 20 for multiplayer and 20 for Zombies – which will be unlocked a few at a time as you progress towards Level 200. If you manage to hit Level 200, unlock all the challenges, and complete them, you will earn an animated Season Master Calling Card as a reward.

BOCW x Warzone integration: weapons, progression, more

One of the more highly anticipated parts of Season 1 will be the integration of Black Ops Cold War in Warzone, which comes in two parts: weapon integration and unification of the progression systems.

Weapon integration

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Starting in Season 1, Warzone players can choose loadouts from both BOCW and MW.

Starting on December 10, every weapon that was in BOCW at launch or gets added in S1 will be made available in Warzone. Players will be able to choose between loadouts from BOCW and Modern Warfare, essentially doubling the battle royale’s weapon arsenal in a single update.

Progression unification

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Season 1 will unify the progression systems in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone.

S1 will combine the progression of BOCW, Warzone, and Modern Warfare into a singular system, meaning your level in one game will be the same for all three and any XP gained will apply across the board.

While this won’t change much in Cold War specifically, Warzone and MW players will see their ranks reset and start fresh on December 10, in order to match up with BOCW. Don’t worry though, anything you’ve already unlocked or completed in those games will not be deleted.

The next chapter of Warzone…

On top of all those changes, Season 1 is expected to kickstart the next phase of the popular battle royale’s story, which the official Roadmap referred to as a “classified Warzone experience.”

Currently, there’s no information or any concrete leaks out there about what this will include, but a mention of “Rebirth Island” has been spotted in the artwork, sparking speculation that the Black Ops 1 location could be the next Warzone map.

Expect more details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

There you have it – everything there is to know about the upcoming Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which will be free on all platforms. Anything specific that you’re excited about? Let us know on Twitter, @Dexertointel!