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Scump troubled by reports that CDL might use NBA-like bubble in 2021

Published: 21/Sep/2020 22:04 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 22:17

by Albert Petrosyan


Reports have surfaced that the Call of Duty League might turn to a NBA-like ‘bubble’ system for the 2021 season, and one of the faces of the esport – Chicago Huntsmen’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner – isn’t too fond of the news.

The competitive Call of Duty community was in for a twist on September 21 when The Esports Observer, based on information from multiple sources, reported that the Call of Duty League has “asked owners to consider having the 2021 season played from a central location in a bubble-type environment.”


Fans of the NBA will recognize this as the same system the league used for the conclusion of the 2020 regular season and the entire Playoffs, separating players from the outside world to eliminate risks of the ongoing health crisis affecting teams and matches.

If this were to be the case for CoD esports, then the CDL would essentially host all of their Home Series events and the postseason in an isolated location, with Las Vegas and Dallas reportedly among the cities that were mentioned.

CDLAfter the Launch Weekend and several Home Series tournaments, the CDL shifted all of its events and matches to online-only.

This would probably be the safest way to address all of the internet-related concerns from the 2020 campaign. About a third into the season, the CDL decided to shift everything to be played online, but connection inconsistencies and server issues created problems at several tournaments and drew backlash from most pro players.

This got even worse during the Playoffs when players like OpTic Gaming LA’s Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams and London Royal Ravens’ Trei ‘Zer0’ Morris kept getting booted offline, which ultimately led the league to play postseason matches off-stream and later broadcast them with a huge delay.

However, despite all of the uproar the 2020 switch to online caused, not everyone seems to be convinced that this NBA-like bubble system is the best answer. Hearing the news while streaming, Scump had this to say about the report.


“I don’t want a bubble!” the legendary CoD pro said. “What am I going to do about my dog, my cats, my girlfriend? A bubble?! Who are we, the f**king NBA – what do you mean a bubble?

I would rather play online than in a bubble somewhere. I’d rather play everything online. What? I’m texting Hector [H3CZ] right now – terminate my s**t now!”

Activision, who owns and runs the CDL, has not yet commented on The Esports Observer’s report, although Toronto Ultra General Manager Dominique Gelineau seemed to suggest that it was untrue, in a tweet.


This isn’t the first time that the idea of the CDL using a bubble has popped up: prior to the start of the Playoffs, many in the industry suggested the idea before the league announced that the entire postseason would remain online.

Adam Apicella, formerly of MLG and Activision Blizzard, calculated that such an operation could cost at least $7 million, not counting the cost of a full-time medical staff, security at the venue and hotels, insurance, and the tournament’s prize pool itself.


That was just for Champs; of course, running a full regular-season and postseason in such a system would likely cost exponentially more, so there are still a lot of moving parts to consider before these reports become reality.

We will continue updating this story as it develops and more information is made available.

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CDL’s Florida Mutineers announce $25K Warzone tourney: how to qualify

Published: 13/Oct/2020 23:13

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty League franchise, Florida Mutineers, are putting together a Warzone tournament series that will give interested players a chance to compete against big-name pros and content creators for a slice of the $25,000 prize pool.

With the dog days of the Call of Duty League offseason very much upon us, more and more teams are entering the business of hosting Warzone competitions, with the Florida Mutineers being the latest example.


Along with one of their leading sponsors, Cox, the Mutineers have organized the Elite Gamer event, a series of Warzone tournaments that will culminate with a $25,000 championship featuring a lot of popular figures in and out of the gaming world.

Before that, however, players in the United States will get a chance to compete in several smaller play-in competitions, which will feature their own prizes as well as qualifier spots for the main event.

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Warzone tournaments have been all the rage in CoD since the CDL’s offseason began.

Elite Gamer Play-In tournaments: dates & how to sign up

There are four duos play-in tournaments for the Elite Gamer event, the first of which was already played on October 2. The next three are on October 13, 21, and 23, all of which are open to anyone in the US.

These smaller competitions feature prizes from SCUF Gaming, Astro Gaming, and the Florida Mutineers organization, with the top-two duo teams from each one advancing to the Pro-Am Championship.

Those interested in playing can sign up by visiting the Elite Gamer Warzone Tournament Series website here, which also contains all of the detailed rules and a list of prizes.

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The Florida Mutineers’ Elite Gamers Warzone series features $25,000 in prizes.

Elite Gamer $25,000 Pro-Am Championship

The Elite Gamer series will wrap up on October 27 with the $25,000 Pro-Am Championship tournament, which will feature “celebrities, professional athletes, musicians, and top CDL players,” according to the team.

$15,000 will go to the first-place duo, $5,000 to second place, and the remaining $5,000 will be donated to The Call of Duty Endowment – a non-profit organization that seeks to help veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value veterans bring to the workplace.

Several players have already been confirmed, including Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren and Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad – popular streamers who have already won several high-profile Warzone competitions. The full list of participants will likely get revealed at some point ahead of the main event.

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Aydan is one of the big-name content creators participating in this Elite Gamers Warzone event.

That’s all we know about this tournament series so far; while the details regarding the actual format haven’t been announced yet, considering that it’s a “pro-am” tournament, each Warzone player will likely be paired up with someone from outside the gaming industry.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL as we’ll be bringing you the latest info as the Championship’s date draws nearer.