Starting January 12th the Call of Duty: World League Pro division will bring the best of the best to compete against each other for almost three months, concluding in March with a LAN tournament and an impressive $3 million prize pool.
This tournament comes as an effort from Activision to help develop the competitive aspects of the CoD brand. This is not the first time a game developer gets directly involved in hosting a tournament – we’ve seen Valve done it successfully multiple times, and is something both SMITE and Blizzard do constantly.
By hosting a tournament and more important, a league, the developers show their commitment towards the fans and the teams. By providing with a stable platform for them to compete, the industry can develop their own fan base and attract more casual players.
30 teams were selected to compete on the Call of Duty World League Pro Division Stage 1 from the Pre-Season Tournament and the Online Qualifiers. The league will be divided on three main regions: NA, EU and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) and the best teams will compete on the stage in March.
It’s important to note that at the moment they are not hosting any PC division tournaments. We know that after reading that some of you might be thinking “computer master race” and similar memes, but even without the PC tournaments this move is nothing short of impressive and I believe hosting a CoD League represents an important step for the CoD brand and eSports in general (even if it’s only for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 4).
Nothing prevents Activision from hosting a PC tournament in the near future, but by keeping it to PS4 only they can keep the focus on the game itself before wandering into the land of technical issues and tournament delays.
While the FPS (first person shooting) community mainly revolves around CS:GO, this year we started to see new games like Overwatch and Call Of Duty make their way into the scene. Getting more people exposed to the genre is an amazingly effective way to introduce them into gaming.