The Call of Duty: World League looks like it’s all set to get back into the swing of things, as the first Global Pro League is set to kick off a whole new competition for fans to enjoy.
The tournament will be held over the next ten weeks, with the top 16 Call of Duty professional teams set to take on one another across two stages of competition. Each one offers quite a bounty of cash, with $700,000 in prize purses.
The Global Pro League kicks off tomorrow in Columbus, OH, and the teams will compete until they get to the grand finale, the Call of Duty World League Championship, where they’ll have the chance to walk away with another $1.5 million. That brings the total of offered prizes for the overall tournament to just over $4 million.
Stage 1 competitions will take place at the MLG Arena in Columbus, OH for the next five weeks, before things move on to the Stage 2 competitions in June.
“The competition across the CWL this year has been incredible,” said Rob Kostich, executive vice president 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 biggest competition of the year, the CWL Champs. The stakes only go up from here.”
The teams taking part in the competition are divided up as follows:
- 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
As with previous rounds in the series, teams will earn CWL Pro Points that will help determine their rankings in competition over the next few months, and the two top teams from each group will move on to the playoffs, qualifying for the next stage after that. And, eventually, it’ll boil down to the Championship when it takes place later this year.
Tickets are on sale now on the official MLG.tv page, and those that can’t attend are welcome to watch the matches live online through the official MLG.tv Call of Duty page.