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Johanna Faries reportedly set to lead both CDL & OWL as Head of Leagues

Published: 2/Oct/2020 22:30

by Theo Salaun

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Following a resignation by the Overwatch League’s commissioner, Peter Vlastelica, Activision Blizzard have apparently named the Call of Duty League’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, as a new “Head of Leagues,” overseeing both esports.

In 2019, the Overwatch League’s first commissioner, Nate Nanzer, resigned in order to head up Fortnite’s burgeoning esports scene as Epic Games’ Head of Competitive (before moving on to become their Head of Global Partnerships). In 2020, the OWL’s second commissioner, Vlastelica, resigned just before the league’s Grand Finals.

Now, instead of announcing a third commissioner for Overwatch esports, Activision Blizzard are reportedly set to make the Call of Duty League’s commissioner, Faries, the head of both esports leagues under a new title: Head of Leagues. This comes after she headed up a very successful, albeit tumultuous, inaugural CDL season.

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The boisterous crowd at one of the Call of Duty League’s Home Series events.

As reported by The Esports Observer’s Kevin Hitt, league sources expect Faries to be announced as Head of Leagues on October 12. The role will have her oversee team and broadcast operations while also serving as administrator for both of Activision Blizzard’s esports.

In another shuffling of responsibilities, current Chief Commercial Officer Brandon Snow is also expected to take on more management of the leagues’ marketing and analytics. All of this news comes during the CDL offseason and amidst the OWL’s 2020 Playoffs. 

In a statement about Vlastelica’s resignation, the overruling company confirmed that the former CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and OWL commissioner “will transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard, following the Overwatch League Grand Finals. He was fundamental in building the company’s esports business and driving the industry forward, and we thank Pete for his contributions and impact on our business over the last four years.” 

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

As for Faries’ experience leading into the role, the new joint commissioner is a former Harvard University graduate who spent 11 years with the NFL, finishing as the Vice President of Club Business Development after five-plus years as the VP of Marketing Strategy and Fan Development. 

Subsequently, she joined Activision Blizzard as the Call of Duty Esports commissioner, a role in which she drew tremendous praise from owners, most notable from Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, and players alike in an impressive inaugural season for the CDL. Now, she brings a wealth of experience to both leagues ahead of pivotal 2021 seasons.

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Tune-in, teams, format – stream

Published: 4/Dec/2020 2:00 Updated: 9/Dec/2020 14:09

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series returned for the final event of 2020 on December 8, as Fortnite players went head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players to win big prizes.

The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers advanced to the finale and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, but this time around it was NRG Edgey’s Trio who came out victorious.

You can check out our event recap of the December 8 Chipotle Fortnite Challenge for highlights from Edgey and company as well as the full results.

Chipotle Challenger Series December Results

Who took part?

The fourth Chipotle Challenger series featured another star-studded lineup of contestants, including:

Streamers / Pro Players

  • Bugha
  • Mongraal
  • Clix
  • NickEh30
  • Nate Hill
  • Ewok
  • Ronaldo
  • ARKHRAM
  • Rehx
  • EpikWhale
  • dubs
  • Reverse2K
  • Emad
  • Zexrow

Celebrities / Athletes

  • Juju Smith-Schuster
  • Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Heimana Reynolds

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.

  • Up to 1000 trio teams
  • Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams then had the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.

  • Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • Private lobby
  • 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money was up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secured themselves free burritos for a year!

    • 1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

Full results & tournament recap.

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A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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