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Activision to Launch Team Sales for Call of Duty World League, Calls Franchising a Building Block for Esports

Published: 19/Jun/2018 21:02 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson

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Reports have surfaced on June 19th which allude to a franchised League system for Call of Duty, similar to Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, but details remain unclear.

Earlier this year, Activision released its 2017 Annual Report, in which it mentions launching “team sales” for the Call of Duty ‘professional league’.

This is a much more direct indication of a franchised league than that which was released with the May 3rd 2018 Q1 report from Activision, which simply stated:

League capabilities to be applied to other franchises in the near future, including Call of Duty.

With the success of the Overwatch League (OWL), many fans presumed that Activision would be seriously considering implementing the same format for the CWL.

However, Overwatch and the OWL is a very different esports eco-system than Call of Duty, with the latter promoting a large global amateur scene through its regular open events.

Although there are obvious benefits from the franchised system, and it seems to the be direction many esports are going in (for example LoL’s LCS franchise system), many in the Call of Duty community are fearful it would be detrimental to the amateur scene.

In Activision’s earnings call earlier this year, they also hinted at the franchise system, saying their experience with the OWL could be applied to the CWL.

As reported by Dot Esports, Activision’s released their 2017 annual report on May 30th, in which they state:

Our expertise launching and growing the Overwatch League will allow us to launch additional professional esports initiatives. Later this year we intend to expand the number of Overwatch teams and launch team sales for the Call of Duty professional league.

However, in their Q1 report released on May 3rd, no mention of these team sales was given, only that “league capabilities” would be applied to Call of Duty.

Activision also calls franchises one of their “building blocks for growth”:

“Franchises become even more enduring, like professional sports.”

Source: Activision Blizzard

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 Invitational: Teams, schedule, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 5:50

by Brad Norton

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Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups will be going live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Not much else is known regarding a specific schedule or format just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when brackets are available.

Keep your eyes peeled for highlights and final results as the Black Ops 2 Invitational gets underway.