ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Today, the Call of Duty® World League, Presented by PlayStation®4,
revealed plans for the upcoming season.
The new season officially starts December 7th. Together with presenting
partner, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the CWL shared the
anticipated event schedule, information on the new Pro LAN league and
confirmed the return of the Call of Duty World League Championship later
in 2017 all in partnership with Major League Gaming.
"The 2016 inaugural season of the CWL was incredible. We saw more than
1,000 teams from around the world compete, and well over 1 billion
minutes of broadcast content featuring some of the greatest Call of Duty
competition ever," said Executive Vice President and General Manager of
Call of Duty, Rob Kostich. "So together with our presenting partner
PlayStation®4, we're excited to kick-off a new season of the Call of
Duty World League, and what better way to get started than with a
special invitational competition right here at PSX this weekend."
The invitational tournament begins today and lasts through the weekend
at PlayStation Experience (PSX) in Anaheim, Calif., December 3 - 4. This
special invitational features eight teams representing North America and
Europe, and is a precursor for the first CWL open competition, taking
place December 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
"PlayStation®4 is proud to partner with the Call of Duty World League,"
said Phil Rosenberg, SVP of Publisher and Developer Relations at Sony
Interactive Entertainment America. "The spirit of competition and the
excitement shared by fans throughout the season is nothing short of
amazing. PlayStation continues to be the home of Call of Duty and the
home of the Call of Duty World League. We can't wait to get things
started for our fans here at PSX."
The new CWL season will feature a series of 4 LAN-based competitions as
well as an all-new, worldwide LAN league for Pros. Players across the
board will be able to earn CWL Pro Points through the season to lead to
qualification for the CWL Championship in August. Further information is
4 Massive Open LANs for CWL Pro Points
Las Vegas - December 16 - 18
Atlanta - February 10 -12
Anaheim - June 16 - 18
More details on the 4th event to come
New Pro LAN League
16 Teams including 9 North American and 7 International
Begins in April
Columbus Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Teams will qualify based on CWL Pro Points earned at LANs as well
as online via GameBattles
CWL Championship will return in 2017
32 teams from around the globe
Teams will be able to earn CWL Pro Points at LANs and online via
GameBattles beginning on Dec. 7.
Final Call of Duty Championship qualifiers will be played on LAN
in the U.S., Europe and APAC
Online competitions in GameBattles for CWL Pro Points in all eligible
regions beginning on Dec. 7.
The qualification process for the first regional competition in Las
Vegas can be found here.
The online qualification tournament for the CWL Las Vegas open will be
held on December 10.
In addition to the global North American competitions, fans in Europe
and APAC will have the chance to compete in regional LANs. More details
around EU and APAC LANs will be coming soon.
Be sure to check out https://www.callofduty.com/esports
as well as follow @CODWorldLeague on Twitter
for the latest CWL updates. In 2016, the CWL set new franchise records
with more than 1.2 Billion minutes watched of live competitive content
and more than 120 million tune-ins.
Call of Duty World League, Presented by PlayStation®4 is proud to
partner with Major League Gaming. Through MLG's proven live streaming
capabilities and technology, CWL fans can watch the Call of Duty esports
action on MLG.TV. The invitational competition at PSX can be seen via
MLG.TV and Twitch.
GameBattles is one of the largest cross platform online eSports
tournament system with over 10 million registered players. Visit www.gamebattles.com
for more information and to register. Teams can participate in
competitions through the online competition portal GameBattles now.
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