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First Franchises Announced For Call of Duty World League

May 5, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Call of Duty World League

Activision/Blizzard has announced the first franchises for the Call of Duty World League. ESTNN reports that during the company’s Q1 earnings call, they announced that the following team spots have been sold for the pro league, all of which were sold to current owners of Overwatch League franchises:

* Atlanta (Atlanta Esports Ventures)
* Dallas (Envy Gaming Inc.)
* New York (Sterling.VC)
* Toronto (c0ntact Gaming, LLC)
* Paris (OverActive Media)

The announcement did not mention prices, though it was reported in March that franchise spots would be around $25 million apiece. The new World League franchises will not play until next year and will likely be under a new Call of Duty game, which Activision Blizzard CEO said would be announced by the end of June.

Blizzard has been making big steps over the last couple of years to bring eSports into the mainstream through the Overwatch League, which has aired on ESPN+, Disney XD and even ABC for a recap last year’s inaugural season finals. The OWL finished up its second stage of four today, with the Stage Two playoffs starting next week and the All-Star weekend running the week after. Call of Duty looks to be the company’s next big leap into major eSports competition.