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Symfuhny’s trio wins $100K ROKKR Royale Warzone tourney: final placements

Published: 1/Oct/2020 1:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 1:46

by Daniel Cleary

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Call of Duty League’s Minnesota ROKKR hosted their second ROKKR Royale, the first massive Warzone tournament in Season 6, that featured many of the top streamers and pro players battling it out for a share of a $100,000 prize pool. We’ve got everything you need to catch up on the action.

There has been plenty of competitive action so far on Warzone, as many of the top content creators have turned to Call of Duty’s battle royale, taking part in the different tournaments that have been hosted in recent months.

CDL team Minnesota ROKKR hosted the first the “ROKKR Royale” back in April, and have since brought it back with an increased prize pool and even more top streamers and Call of Duty pro players.

Now that Season 6 is live in Warzone, along with the brand new subway system and all the other changes, it was the perfect time to see who from the battle royale’s elite could be the first to dominate.

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Minnesota Rokkr hosted a massive Warzone tournament with many of the top CoD stars.

ROKKR Royale Warzone Tournament Recap

After a delay to the event due to the shaky launch of Season 6, the ROKKR Royale event properly got underway on September 30. Stacked Trios took to Verdansk for a few hours to determine who would make it through to the final four. Throughout the initial portion, only the best four games for each team was taken into consideration. As a result, those that were able to chase down eliminations and secure some wins were given a sizeable lead.

A handful of veteran players and prominent Warzone tournament winners bowed out early in this event. From Chicago Huntsmen’s Formal to Tfue’s squad and plenty others. Cracking the 300-point mark was a feat only accomplished by 13 teams and this is where things got tight. The difference between the top of that pack and the bottom was barely a few kills. Ultimately, it was Symfuhny, Tommey, Frozone, and Swagg who led their Trios into the final rounds, however.

After some extremely close lobbies and a handful of wins, it was Shmfuhny, HusKers, and Zlaner who proved to be the strongest of the top four. Just two points separated them from the second-place team of Swagg, Booya, and Superevan. Additionally, the team of TTinyy, Rallied, and Mayappo_ won $10,000 for achieving the most eliminations throughout the day at 78 kills.

ROKKR Royale Warzone Tournament Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Symfuhny, HusKers, & Zlaner $45,000
2nd Swagg, Booya, & Superevan $25,000
3rd Frozone, Aydan, & MuTeX $10,000
4th Tommey, TBE_Newbzz, & Almxnd_ $10,000
5th Censor, Yungstaz6, & ScummN
6th Vikkstar, Jukeyz, & Rated
7th Muddawg, ClutchBelk, & Royalize
8th Zigueira, Ninext, & TonyBoy

When did the ROKKR Royale tournament start?

The ROKKR Royale’s Warzone tournament was scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, September 29 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST and wrap up on Wednesday, September 30, but it was postponed due to game crashes caused by the new update.

Instead, it transitioned to a single-day event that started on Wednesday, September 30 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST and lasted for around five hours.

How to rewatch ROKKR Royale Warzone tournament

Warzone fans were able to watch their favorite streamers and pro players on Call of Duty’s official Twitch channel, with the event hosted by Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez and commentary from CDL casters Lottie Van-Praag and Miles Ross.

Many of the players were also sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as per usual. We’ve embedded the official hub stream below for you to catch up.

Official Call of Duty Twitch stream

Who played in the ROKKR Royale? – players & teams

There were 34 trios competing in this competition – many of which were stacked with the biggest streamers, influencers, and professional Call of Duty League players.

Included were names like Timthetatman, Tfue, Vikkstar, TeeP, Gotaga, Censor, Swagg, Attach, Aydan, Crowder, and many more:

ROKKRThe full list of teams that competed in today’s ROKKR Royale Warzone tournament.

Format & prize pool breakdown

While an original format was set to feature competition across two days, a minor delay resulted in a major format change. The event transitioned to a single-day tournament instead. To start things out, teams had four hours to play their absolute best. The four best games from this window were added up, and the top four teams were able to advance to the next stage.

As usual, points were accumulated through kills and overall wins. The same rules applied for the final section of the event with the top four lineups. Teams had two hours here to set their best two games, with the most successful Trio walking away with $45,000.

Here’s how the full $100,000 prize pool was split up:

  • 1st – $45,000
  • 2nd – $25,000
  • 3rd – $10,000
  • 4th – $10,000
  • Highest eliminations in total – $10,000

As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter, @DexertoINTEL, for updates on future Warzone competitions.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.