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What does Call of Duty franchising mean for amateur players?

Published: 22/Aug/2019 1:00 Updated: 22/Aug/2019 1:17

by Albert Petrosyan

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The August 21 announcement about the brand new Call of Duty League’s 2020 season contained some key information about amateur players and their future involvement in the esport.

When Activision announced that Call of Duty would be transitioning to a franchise league model, almost all amateur players, and some current professionals, were immediately concerned about their place in the esport’s future. 

While the professional level is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to competitive CoD, there are thousands of amateurs who are always trying to prove they belong with the best of the best.

The August 21 announcement took major steps in helping quell those concerns, as Activision included a special section directed at non-professionals, assuring them that they still had a place in competitive CoD.

“We recognize the important of a thriving Path to Pro competitive scene in Call of Duty esports,” they wrote. “Which has continued to garner strong participation and prizing each year.”

charlieINTELWith CoD going to franchising, the 2019 CWL Championship will be the last of its kind.

CoD esports 2020 – Path to Pro

With the Path to Pro system, there will continue to be amateur open bracket competitions and tournaments that will give players a chance to not only earn some money, but also stand above all others for professional scouts to see.

“Going forward, we will support and administer extensive amateur competitions, both online and via open bracket tournaments around the world, with dedicated prize pools,” Activision announced.

This is obviously incredibly important to the scene, as most consider open bracket LAN tournaments to be one of the most excited aspects of CoD esports, producing hundreds of incredible storylines over the years. 

If this announcement holds true, than that side of things shouldn’t go through much change, which means amateur players will still have all to play for in the 2020 season.

MLGOpen bracket tournaments will continue to be a thing in CoD esports during the 2020 season.

How to pro teams fit into all this?

While there will be a clear divide between the professional CDL and these amateur circuits, there is still going to be a bridge that connects the two sides of the esport.

Pro teams will be able to sign up to four players to two-way contracts, and “may send up to two players from their roster to compete in the Path to Pro events.”

This means that pro players who may not receive a lot of active playing time could be sent down to the amateur level to get some game-time in, but also be available for their pro team to call them up whenever necessary.

With rosters set to have a minimum of seven players, and a maximum of 10, these two-way contracts are sure to play a big role in both the pro and amateur levels, and could give many player the lifelines they’d need to keep their careers alive.

Momo - TwitterAmateur players could be called up to the pro level to help CDL teams succeed, much like Simp helped eUnited win CWL Champs.


The full announcement regarding Path to Pro and amateur tournaments can be seen below, as provided by Activision on Reddit

PATH TO PRO: ONLINE & OPEN BRACKET TOURNAMENT COMPETITION RETURNS IN 2020

We recognize the importance of a thriving Path to Pro competitive scene in Call of Duty esports, which has continued to garner strong participation and prizing each year. Going forward, we will support and administer extensive amateur competitions, both online and via open bracket tournaments in cities around the world, with dedicated prize pools. 

  • Teams may send up to 2 pro players from their roster to compete in the Path to Pro events held throughout the season. Teams may contract up to 4 total pro players to have 2-way contracts at a given time.

More details about the path to pro system and upcoming open bracket tournament events will be shared in the coming months.

The future of Call of Duty Esports is bright and builds on a strong legacy of competitive excellence. We are committed to supporting our incredible player community, teams, fans, and partners in its next chapter.

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How to get free Black Ops Cold War & Warzone pre-Season 1 bundles

Published: 4/Dec/2020 17:56 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 18:52

by Tanner Pierce

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With the announcement that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War has been delayed, Activision and Treyarch also confirmed that players will be able to get their hands on two free bundles ahead of the first content drop. Here’s everything you need to know about what it includes and how to get it.

While Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which was set to bring brand new maps and integrate the game with Warzone, was originally set to come out on December 10, the developers have now announced a slew of new details about the first post-content season, including the fact that it will now launch on December 16.

During this deep dive, Treyarch also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War players will be able to get their hands on some new free bundles for the game before the season launches, presumably in order to help tide people over until the new content drop. Here’s how you can get your hands on both bundles.

Field Research and Certified Bundles

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The news of the bundles was announced when Activision confirmed that Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War had been delayed.

According to Activision, both bundles are set to include a number of different items to use in-game: five in the Field Research bundle and four in the Certified bundle.

While these packs are specifically for Black Ops Cold War players, it’s important to remember that some of these items, like the blueprint and Operators, are available for use in Warzone as well.

  • Field Research Bundle
    • Epic Park Operator skin
    • Epic SMG blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Calling Card
    • Rare Weapon Charm
  • Certified Bundle
    • Epic Garcia Operator skin
    • Rare Assault Rifle blueprint
    • Epic reticle
    • Epic Weapon Charm

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the bundle and we have no idea what they will look like exactly, as Activision didn’t end up releasing any images of them. Once they become available, however, we’ll update this article.

How to get both bundles for free

Luckily, players won’t have to do much of anything to get their hands on it. That being said, they won’t be given to everyone and you do have to do a simple task to get it. According to Activision, both bundles will be given to players who log-in to the game between December 8 at 10AM PST (1PM EST, 6PM GMT) and December 15 at 11PM PST (2AM EST, 7AM GMT on December 16).

To be clear, logging in simply means that you just have to open the game and get to the main menu. Playing a match isn’t required, although the chance of players opening the game without playing it is slim, to say the least.

That being said, it’s great that Treyarch is giving it away for free. Here’s hoping it’s good enough to hold people over until the new season.