In the midst of the increasing number of competitive esports events, Activision doesn’t seem to want to Call of Duty left behind and forgotten. They announced a number of major changes to the structure of the competition Call of Duty (CoD) and enlarge the total prize pool for season 2018.
Activision said the total prizes were prepared for competitive events CoD next year will be around USD 4.2 million, aka IDR 57 billion (according to the exchange rate at the time this news was written).
Call of Duty World League will also be divided into 2 divisions (8 teams each) that will compete in LAN competitions and are further divided into 2 Stage, Stage 1 and Stage 2. The competing teams will compete in the MLG Arena in Columbus. , Ohio, United States, at least 2 times a season for one slot in the innings playoffs and the opportunity to win a total prize pool of US $ 500 thousand or around 6 billion Rupiah.
The previous competitive format has given the top 16 teams (which get the most Pro Points) and will compete on Stage 1. These teams are divided into 4 groups in the LAN competition at MLG Arena. The top 2 teams from each group will get a place on Stage 1 playoffs. This process will be carried out again for Stage 2 and Stage 2 playoffs.
Stage 1 will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays every week from 23 January to 22 March 2018, with rounds playoffs which will be held on April 6, 2018. Meanwhile, Stage 2 will use the same format from May 15 to July 19 and Stage 2 playoffs on 27 July 2018.
Kevin Flynn, Director of Call of Duty Esports, said “CWL is proof of commitment franchise this to esports. In our journey from year to year, we learn to be better. “
Teams that fail to enter Stage 1 or Stage 2 will be automatically entered into the CWL National Circuit, a new competitive event aimed at honing the skills of amateur teams in CoD. The CWL National Circuit will cover 8 regions: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Great Britain (UK), and the United States.
The winners at the event will get a package of prizes, including invitations to event Global Open (plus accommodation), prizes worth US $ 1000, and 3000 Pro Points for each player.
The CWL National Circuit will have 4 rounds with the first round starting from 26 January to 16 February 2018.
“We know there are a lot of teams and players who want to compete towards the elite level. If your team fails to get a chance to play in a bigger event, you can still enter the competition regularly, “said Flynn.
15 online regional tournaments (also known as 2K because of the number of Pro Points awarded) will also be held in one season. There will also be 6 LAN Global Open in the 2018 season with each competition with a total prize pool of US $ 200 thousand.