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

by Joe O'Brien


The next tournament in the Chipotle Challenger Series will see teams battle it out in Call of Duty: Warzone, as a star-studded list of competitors go 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.


For the second tournament, teams will now be dropping into Verdansk in duos rather than squads. This means you’ll only need one trusted teammate to accompany you to glory – not to mention a bigger split of the prize, if you make it that far.

When is the next Warzone Chipotle Challenger Series?

First up will be Qualifiers. These will begin on June 27, with the final qualifier on July 12. Then, the finale of the tournament, where the winner will be crowned, will take place on Thursday, July 16, starting at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. 

  • Qualifier 1 - Saturday, June 27th, 12:00 PM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT
  • Qualifier 2 - Sunday, June 28th, 12:00 PM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT
  • Qualifier 3 - Saturday, July 11th, 12:00 PM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT
  • Qualifier 4 - Sunday, July 12th, 12:00 PM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT
  • Final Tournament - Thursday, July 16th, 12:00 PM PDT to 3:00 PM PDT


How to sign-up

Think you’ve got what it takes? Sign-up here. Both players need to be 17+, a resident of the United States, own a legitimate copy of Warzone, and be able to stream/record your gameplay.

Not competing? Tune in on Twitch to catch the finale action.


Who’s playing?

There will be another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some names with more being added:

  • 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.



Warzone Chipotle Challenger Series final placements

Tournament 1

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series. 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 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 Challenger Series Prize Pool

In addition to taking home a $25,000 prize and free Chipotle for a year, Chipotle will match 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 can 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.”

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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