The new season of the Call of Duty World League featuring Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will get underway with a North American Regional Open live event on December 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Teams from all over the United States will compete for their chance to take home the first event title of the new CWL season and the winner's share of the $100,000 prize pool. More information about the upcoming CWL season and Infinite Warfare eSports features will be presented via livestream on Wednesday, October 26. Tune in to MLG.TV or www.twitch.tv/CallofDuty at 2pm PT for more details!
In its inaugural season, the Call of Duty World League saw more than 1,000 teams compete, with the 32 top teams from around the globe making it to the World Championship hosted at Call of Duty® XP, where Team EnVyUs was crowned champion in a thrilling final against the top European team Splyce. Throughout the year, the gripping action and competitive drama captivated fans, who watched more than 1.1 billion minutes of broadcast content with more than 100 million views. With next month's launch of Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare, the stage is set for a new year of exciting competition as teams from the around the world compete for the ultimate prize, of being crowned CWL champion.
"The debut season of the CWL was a massive success, huge thanks to the Call of Duty community and our partners for their support. Congratulations to Team EnVyUs and all the talented teams who competed. But come December, a new season starts and what better place to kick things off than in Las Vegas," said Rob Kostich, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Call of Duty, Activision. "We're thrilled to start a new CWL season, featuring Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, at MLG Las Vegas. It's going to be a great, exciting new season for the CWL and we look forward to the competition to come."
The event will also play host to a $100,000 invitational tournament featuring Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch. Eight top teams will do battle in the blockbuster new team-based shooter over the course of the weekend, pitting their diverse rosters of heroes armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities against each other in pursuit of the crown. Fans around the world can watch the excitement via MLG.tv on the web and mobile devices, where the proprietary EVE (Enhanced Viewing Experience) technology will allow them to dive deeper into the stats, players, and teams during the broadcast for the first time in Overwatch competition.
Standing at the intersection of esports, music, and digital culture, End Game will bring together thousands of eager esports fans under one roof for a huge celebration featuring interactive experiences, surprise musical performances and unique opportunities for content creators throughout the weekend.
"End Game is going to be the biggest celebration of esports culture in MLG's history," said Sundance DiGiovanni, VP of Brands and Content for Major League Gaming. "Video games are a dominant force in pop culture and have as much mindshare with this audience as music, art, or movies. When we looked at other festivals, we saw a huge hole in their programming, and Vegas presented an opportunity for us to celebrate these content creators, esports pros, and digital influencers. To put it simply, if you're neglecting esports at your events, you are missing out on a huge passion point for a highly-engaged and creative audience."