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Call of Duty League Returns This Weekend With Online Play, Dedicated Servers

April 9, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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After a few unexpected weeks off due to the current pandemic, Call of Duty League’s first season is returning with online play this weekend. The CDL announced earlier this week that they will return to their season starting tomorrow with a shift into online competition and broadcast format.

The returned League will kick off the weekend with the Dallas House Series Weekend on Friday at 4 PM ET and will be broadcast live from Friday to Sunday on the CDL YouTube channel. The weekend will feature eight teams competing in the Chicago Hunstmen, Dallas Empire, Florida Mutineers, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Minnesota Røkkr, Paris Legion, Seattle Surge, and Toronto Ultra.

The League also noted (via Charlie Intel) that the games will be played through dedicated servers “that will allow us to create the fairest environment possible for Call of Duty League matches.”

Moving forward, the Call of Duty League will continue in an online format similar to what Overwatch League, League of Legends and and other esports have done. The remaining Home series will be played Friday through Sunday at starting 4 PM ET Fridays, 1 PM ET on Saturdays and 4 PM ET on Sundays. This will allow the CDL to preserve the number of weekends they had originally planned.

Details on the 2020 Call of Duty Championship Weekend will be released at a later time.

Call of Duty Challengers events, which is the esports’ path to pro community, will also go fully online in conjunction with teams’ Home Series weekends with dedicated servers. The Dallas Empire Challengers Open will run Saturday and Sunday, while the first of five league-held Challengers tournaments will take place on April 18th and 19th.

The announcement added, “Although these shifts to online competition may not be what we imagined at launch, we are deeply grateful to be able to continue to spotlight our incredible teams in a new way, and to give our cities and fans more reasons to cheer.”