Call of Duty League Betting Odds and Guide
Call of Duty is one of the most famous FPS esports in the world. It’s one of the four big titles in this genre, along with CS:GO, Rainbow Six and Overwatch. The game features professional tournaments with large prize pools ranging from $325,000 to $2 million. In 2019, six such events occurred in addition to four other smaller ones. When it comes to esports betting, this game provides quite a few opportunities for those who like to bet on Call of Duty. And the greatest number of them occur during the Call of Duty World League Championship.
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The first Call of Duty was launched in 2003 and its PC version was well-received by everyone. Thanks to its success, it then went on to grow larger and larger. Call of Duty titles are now released on an annual basis, with three different development teams releasing the titles in a fair rotation; Treyarch, Infinity Ward and SledgeHammer Games. The most recent game is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward, and is the forefront of the Franchised Professional League and Amateur Challengers System.
Call of Duty took quite some time to develop into the esports we know it as today, however, since the dawn of esports the Call of Duty scene has been filled with passion and continually strived for better. Due to majority of the player base being casual, the esports aspect of the game has also been second in regard to priority and has had to make competitive compromises due to this.
Over the past few years there has certainly been a boom in the Call of Duty esports environment. The Call of Duty Pro League first appeared in 2014 during the Call of Duty: Ghosts season. Since then, the format and production continued to evolve, and it has since become a fully professional, franchised league featuring 12 teams.
In 2019 it was confirmed that Call of Duty would be transitioning to a Franchised system, with each league spot holding an initial value of $25 million USD. Twelve organisations in total jumped on this opportunity which formed the inaugural Call of Duty League:
With the move to franchising enforcing each team to be locked to a selected city, it opened up a unique experience for players and fans. All league matches are played out at "Home Series" events hosted by each respective franchise team. This means the competitive season will be played out in several cities, allowing a new abundance of fans to get involved.
The amateur scene and community have always played a vital part in the success of Call of Duty as an esport. Alongside this franchised system, Activision have also created a Challengers system for semi-professional and amateur teams to compete in throughout the year.
Competitive Call of Duty is played in a 5-vs-5 format, similar to CS:GO. The two teams compete on various maps and modes, with each game mode offering unique objectives and focal points for action. For those that have played other FPS (First-person-shooter) titles, the rest of the game play with be similar. The three game modes featured in the competitive rotation this season are:
In the Call of Duty League, matches are played out in a Best of 5 format. The first team to win three maps, wins the series.
In 2019, the CWL Championship had 32 participants and offered $2 million in prizes. This was a massive event that took place over a five-day period. Half of the teams came from Call of Duty World League Professional League while the other half came from Call of Duty World League Amateur Finals. The end result was pretty spectacular, and the tournament had many surprises.
For the Group Stage, the teams were separated into eight groups of four. The top two teams from each group advanced to the Playoffs. This second stage was played in a double-elimination format (GSL). Each match was Bo5. Ultimately, eUnited won the event and received $800,000 in prizes.
The annual World Championship event will be incredibly unique this year. With the transition to a franchised system, the event will feature the top professional teams battling it out. For the first time, there will be no way for teams in the Challengers system to qualify, which has struck up a considerable amount of controversy.
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