The Call of Duty League has officially gotten a start date for the 2020 season, Activision announced today. The first Call of Duty event of the year will be the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend, which will take place in Minnesota between January 24th and 26th at the Minneapolis Armory. 

Earlier this month Activision confirmed the launch of the new Call of Duty League, debuting in 2020, that will feature a total of 12 franchised teams as well as a $6 million USD prize-pool. Activision hope this will be the “next chapter” for the Call of Duty League, details being announced earlier today.

The Call of Duty League Launch Weekend event will be hosted by the Minnesota Røkkr, one of the 12 new franchises set to compete in the league in 2020. All 12 new franchise teams will fight it out at the Call of Duty League Launch Weekend tournament.

Activision are thrilled with the predicted growth of CoD esports and excited about the city-based model, inspired by the Overwatch League. Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick had this to say in a recent press release: “We are excited to unite the historic passion for the Call of Duty franchise with city-based fandom to create a league to rival the very best leagues in traditional sports in recognizing, celebrating and rewarding our players,”.

In addition to the latest Call of Duty major event, Activision also plan to debut the CoD Challengers Open in Minnesota. This new event will provide amateur teams the opportunity to compete in an open bracket tournament format. The CoD Challengers players will start playing in November through online ladders and tournaments, and the best competitors will qualify for the LAN event.

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