Activision has announced the first five locations for the new Call of Duty esports league: Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; New York, NY; Paris, France; and Toronto, Canada. All five cities are currently home to franchises in Blizzard's Overwatch League.
Following the blueprint established and validated with the Overwatch League, Activision Blizzard has started the team sales process for a professional Call of Duty esports league and has already sold five franchises for Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto.
“Call of Duty is a game that embodies team work and dedication and Call of Duty esports is a celebration of those pillars," said Pete Vlastelica, President and CEO at Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues.
"We’re building this league for fans across esports, traditional sports and gaming alike - and we’re excited to partner with individuals and organizations who are just as passionate about our vision for the future of Call of Duty esports. Our early momentum for franchise sales has been strong as we welcome our first five partners.”
CEO of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick had more to add:
“The upcoming launch of our new Call of Duty esports league reaffirms our leadership role in the development of professional esports. We have already sold Call of Duty teams in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto to existing Overwatch League team owners, and we will announce additional owners and markets later this year.
Our owners value our professional, global city-based model, the success we have had with broadcast partners, sponsors and licensees, and the passion with which our players have responded to our events.”