Activision confirms first Call of Duty esports league franchises

Call of Duty World League Fort Worth

Following the massive success of Blizzard's Overwatch League, which generates millions through viewerships, game-selling engagement, and competitions, Activision is ramping up its Call of Duty League big time.

As part of the company's first quarter earnings results yesterday, Activision announced that the city of Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto will all have teams compete in the new global league.

The company is set to release a new "Call of Duty" title in the second half of 2019, while its "Call of Duty" game for mobile phone users is slated for a worldwide launch. In the Overwatch League, the first five cities own the Atlanta Reign, Dallas Fuel, New York Excelsior, Paris Eternal, and Toronto Defiant. Teams representing cities all over the world, from Paris to Shanghai, battled it out on Blizzard's popular "hero shooter". The company claimed that Candy Crush Friends Saga was attracting both former and new players alike to the franchise. "Today, we stand alone as the only organization who can offer our marketing partners, investors and fans access to the three most important esports leagues in the world". Like Toronto, all four have Overwatch League franchises.

Call of Duty World League teams are coming to a handful of cities, including NY and Paris.

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While Activision is mysteriously still silent about this year's Call of Duty, persistent rumors have pointed it out to be the next chapter in the Modern Warfare saga.

While there hasn't been too much concrete information revealed about the new franchised CoD league, it's been confirmed that each team will represent and be based in one of the major cities in either the United States or overseas.

Each of the Call of Duty teams will be operated by the same ownership groups behind the respective cities' Overwatch League franchise, with slots for this new venture being sold for US$25 million apiece, according to ESPN. Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, stressed the importance of familiarity in creating the league. So far, five franchises have paid the fee, with the publisher saying more markets are on the way.

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