Top 16 Teams Worldwide to Compete over 10 Weeks, Through Two Epic
Stages, Each with $700,000 in Prizing, to Determine Field for 2017 Call
of Duty World League Championship, Presented by PlayStation 4
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The first-ever Call of Duty World League Global Pro League starts
tomorrow. Over the next 10 weeks the top 16 Call of Duty professional
teams from around the globe will face off across two stages of
competition, each offering $700,000 in prize purses. Placements in the
Global Pro League will dictate seeding in the grand finale of the Call
of Duty year, the Call of Duty World League Championship, where another
$1.5M will be on the line, bringing the total CWL prizing to $4M for the
Through the next five weekends, 16 professional teams will descend on
the MLG Arena in Columbus, OH for the Stage 1 competitions. In addition
to the $700,000 payout, the teams will be competing for seeding heading
into the Stage 2 contests starting in June in Columbus. The 16 teams
hail from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
"The competition across the CWL this year has been incredible," said Rob
Kostich, EVP and general manager of Call of Duty, Activision. "The
Global Pro League is bringing together the top teams to battle
head-to-head not only for some serious prize money at each stage, but
also to claim their spot for the biggest competition of the year, the
CWL Champs. The stakes only go up from here."
The groups and schedule for Stage 1 contests:
Team EnVyUs, Splyce, Cloud 9, Mindfreak - April 21 - 23
FaZe Clan, Rise Nation, Fnatic, Evil Geniuses - April 28 - 30
eUnited, Luminosity Gaming, Millenium, Epsilon - May 5 - 7
OpTic Gaming, Red Reserve, Enigma6 Group, Elevate - May 12 - 14
Playoffs of the top eight teams - May 21 - 23
The teams secured their spot for the Stage 1 Global Pro League by
earning CWL Pro Points through months of intense Call of Duty
competition. Featuring group play, the Stage 1 action will unfold over
the next five weekends as teams compete in double round-robin
competition and look to continue the action into Stage 2 competition
starting June 29.
The top two teams from each group move on to the playoffs and
automatically qualify for Stage 2 of the Global Pro League. The bottom
team in each group will need to battle their way back into Stage 2
through relegation matches. More information on the full seeding and
schedule can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/cwl.
Both stages of the Global Pro League lead up to the biggest Call of Duty
World League tournament of the year, the 2017 CWL Championship. The 32
best teams worldwide will qualify to compete in pool play, with the top
half advancing into the Championship double-elimination bracket for
their share of the $1.5 million event prize pool. In addition to the
Global Pro League, teams will have one last chance to qualify for the
CWL Championships with regional LANs in North America, Europe and
Asia-Pacific. More details, including ticket information will be
For those interested in attending the five weekends of exciting Call of
Duty esports competition in Columbus, tickets are on sale now at mlg.tv.
Fans can also catch all of the matches streamed live via Infinite
Warfare PS4™ through the in-game viewer and mlg.tv/callofduty.
Call of Duty World League Presented by PlayStation®4 is proud to partner
with Major League Gaming Corp. as North American tournament operator and
broadcast partner for the upcoming season. Through MLG's proven live
streaming capabilities and technology, MLG.tv will help to deliver the
CWL Pro League across mlg.tv/callofduty.
For the latest intel on the Call of Duty World League Presented by
PlayStation®4 and for live broadcasts check out: http://www.callofduty.com/cwl,
or follow @CODWorldLeague on Twitter, Instagram
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