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Introducing the Call of Duty World League

New worldwide league to usher in a new era of Call of Duty eSports.

By Scott Lowe on September 24, 2015 Communications Manager, Activision
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Over the last four years, Call of Duty has grown into a global eSports phenomenon, thanks in large part to events like the Call of Duty Championship and in-game features like CODcasting, League Play, and more. Now, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 set to make its debut on November 6 and Call of Duty eSports bigger than ever, the time has come to take competitive Call of Duty to the next level. Today, we’re excited to announce the formation of the Call of Duty World League—a worldwide eSports league operated by Activision.

The Call of Duty World League will bring competitive Call of Duty to new audiences and long-time fans alike with regional competitions and live-streamed events throughout the year. What’s more, the Call of Duty World League will offer new opportunities for amateur players and fans of all skill levels to compete and even earn a spot at the Call of Duty Championship. We’re also upping the stakes by tripling the prize pool to $3 million in potential winnings throughout the year.


The Call of Duty World League will feature multiple divisions—a Pro Division and a Challenge Division. The Pro Division will feature competitions in North America, Europe, and Australia—which kick off in January of 2016. Regional competitions will feature its own regional LAN championship, which fans can watch in-person or online. The results of each regional Pro competition will determine which teams advance to the Call of Duty Championship, which is moving from its prior spring time slot to fall 2016 to accommodate the new league structure. The Challenge Division will give amateur teams a chance to compete through a series of official LAN events and secure a place at the Call of Duty Championship.

But this is just the beginning; we’ll have more news to share, including broadcast plans, our new eSports team, and other partners in the months ahead. To stay in the loop, be sure to follow @eSportsCOD, @CallofDuty, @Activision, and the developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, @Treyarch, on Twitter.

Be sure to also visit and check out the in-depth FAQ for more information.



I heard a rumor CoD, esports was moving to strictly playstation. Is this true?

Is there any age limit?

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What about all the hacking that goes on from launch happens on all the COD's but I think that would be to much to ask you people to control seeing most of it leaks out from with in your own company

Level 1

plz make a little league for any one under  18 or change the age for challenge division there are lots of young cod player that are good even some in the pro division.

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In 2013 Europe managed to get 2 teams into the top 8 at world champs. In 2014 and 2015 Europe had 0 teams in the top 8 while Australia managed to have 1 team place in the top 8 each year. Yet these areas are playing for more combined prize money($350k per leg compared to $250k) than North Americans where ALL the talent is. What's to stop mediocre American teams moving to Europe or Australia to win all that super easy money?! Should these garbage teams who will get first rounded at finals make more money than teams that will be placing top 8?! If they have historically proven to have less than 20% of the talent why are they earning 60% of the money????

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i feel insulted being called an Amateur. Second i assume this will be across all platforms cuz all i play is Xbox. Would like to actually to be in the league and make gaming a career. Its been a life long dream.  

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Also what will it take to be apart of the LAN Championship??? Cuz id like to be apart of the big screen everyone watches, so they can see me lose or win...

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