Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: streams, teams, format, more

by Joe O'Brien


The latest tournament in the Chipotle Challenger Series saw teams battle it out in Call of Duty: Warzone, as a star-studded list of competitors went head-to-head in the battle royale.

The first event of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger series saw a surprise squad, who made it all the way through the qualifier stages, take first place, The winning team took home $25,000 and a year’s worth of free burritos. Additionally, Chipotle donated $25,000 in the winners' names to a charity providing relief for the current global health crisis.

The same script was followed for the second event, this time a duos tournament played on July 16, as another talented but unexpected qualifier team (Unrational and Stu) stunned the cast of big-name competitors by finishing in first place

When was the Warzone Chipotle Challenger Series?

Qualifiers began on June 27, with the final qualifier wrapping up July 12. With the remaining teams locked in, the finale of the tournament, where the winner was crowned, took place on Thursday, July 16, starting at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. 

  • Qualifiers - June 27th - July 12th
  • Final Tournament - Thursday, July 16, 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT to 3:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 highlights

Here are some of the best and funniest moments from this competition, featuring the likes of Aydan, Dillon Francis, Chase Edmonds, Cloakzy, TeePee, and more.

Who played?

There was another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers that took part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names that participated:

  • CouRage
  • TimTheTatMan
  • Nadeshot
  • Nickmercs
  • Symfuhny
  • FaZe Swagg
  • TeePee
  • HusKerrs
  • Crowder
  • KingRichard
  • Aydan
  • GoldGlove
  • DougIsRaw
  • Barstool HooliganZ
  • SMii7Y
  • Offset of Migos
  • Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things
  • DJs Dillon Francis, Jauz, and CRAY
  • NFL players Von Miller (Broncos), Kyler Murray (Cardinals), Baker Mayfield (Browns), Justin Herbert (Chargers)
  • Sabrina Ionescu (WNBA #1 Draft Pick)

List of Challenger Series competitors.
List of Challenger Series competitors.

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

In addition to awarding a $25,000 prize and free burritos for a year, Chipotle matched the prize pool with $25,000 donated to the National Urban League, an organization with a deep history and proven track record for supporting Black communities. Throughout June, Chipotle digital customers could support the National Urban League by rounding up their bill to the next highest dollar amount at checkout on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com

“The Chipotle Challenger Series gives real amateur gamers the chance to go head to head against esports icons and Chipotle celebrity fans,” said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. “The new duos format will make the second edition of the series even more competitive for participating fans.”

Warzone Chipotle Challenger Series final placements

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 final placements & 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 final placements, highlights, recap

Chipotle - Twitch
Chipotle - Twitch

Chipotle Warzone Challenge Format

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. the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

The second CCS competition of 2020 consists of Qualifiers, taking place on June 27 – July 12. A live-broadcasted Finale competition will then be held on July 16, and feature the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers.

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.

More 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.

This final event featured a race-against-the-clock format that gave teams three hours to try and get as many good games of Warzone in as they could. Scoring was based on both eliminations and wins, the former being worth one point and the latter five.

After the three hours are up, each team's best four matches determine where they finish on the leaderboard.

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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