Call of Duty convention deploys Sept. 2-3

Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer to get world premiere as 6,000 fans of blockbuster military shooter series expected to descend on Los Angeles for Call of Duty XP 2011.

Activision is aiming to build the Call of Duty community in a big way. The publisher last month announced Call of Duty Elite, a new service for fans of the military first-person shooter series with a wealth of social networking bells and whistles. Today, Activision followed that up with the introduction of Call of Duty XP 2011, a convention it dubbed a "celebration" for the game's community.

Tickets are pricey at $150, but all proceeds will go to the nonprofit Call of Duty Endowment.

Set to take place on a 12-acre compound in Los Angeles September 2-3, Call of Duty XP 2011 will serve as a coming-out party for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer mode. An expected 6,000 attendees will be able to get their hands on the game's cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes, as well as check out the fully functioning Elite service for the first time.

Beyond the reveals, the convention will also play host to a $1 million Call of Duty tournament, with players able to qualify on site or by competing in regional Black Ops contests leading up to XP 2011. There will also be paintball competitions on a life-sized multiplayer map, "AAA live entertainment," and panels with Call of Duty developers. While attendance is going to be capped at a little over 6,000, Activision has promised a "constant stream" of videos, photos, and status updates will be released through TV and online outlets for those unable to make it.

This is not Activision's first experience with large-scale fan festivals. After the publisher merged with Vivendi Games in 2008, it inherited BlizzCon, the annual convention dedicated to the games of World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment.

Tickets to Call of Duty XP 2011 will go on sale July 19 and sell for $150 each. All of the money from ticket sales will go to benefit the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit group founded by Activision in 2009 to help soldiers transition to civilian life with job placement and training programs. For more, check out the official Call of Duty XP 2011 website.

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drokmore
drokmore

Finally Activision gets a clue and is working on some PR with the donations for the tickets..

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

at least the money goes to a non-profit org. i really would like to see all these BA hardcore gamers try to paintball and realize that there awsome cod skills have no use in real life combat. even more fun would be to see them cowering behind a wall afraid of a paintball giving them a bruise

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Activison has taken stupidity to an entirely new level with how they are advertising this game that I hope no one buys. They dont even realise how much competition there is from the end of October to the end of November. All they have shown is a campaign that makes no sense two guys vs Russia = WW3 I dont think so. There supposedely redefining coop by taking out zombies and putting in stupid spec ops again and a wanna be Horde mode, but i dont think they know Gears 3 improved Horde mode again. Then they show there terrible multiplayer 1 month before BF3 for only 150$ a ticket and they try to justify it by saying theres paintball. I can go rebuy camperwarfare 2 for like 10 and see the same trrible multiplayer but i wont cause they both suck. I any game but this sells more in the fall.

ROCKNROLLCOWB0Y
ROCKNROLLCOWB0Y

ah id go just to see all them run around playing paintball trying to pretend they are in an online game. and this is a ridiculous idea i mean really? let's rehash a game and have 6,000 people who live with their moms come to it. Oh and while we are at it lets have them PAY for online features but i guess "If you build it, they will come."

erik92133
erik92133

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AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

LMAO.. Nothing like seeing all those Fat Couch Commandos In Camo.

Fury1994
Fury1994

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saltyplatapus
saltyplatapus

Cool I wanna go for the paintballing. And I'll play it just like I play COD, I'll camp in one room and shoot anyone who enters :)

jsobc
jsobc

Will they have fish fillets? Maybe tartar sauce?

wooten9000
wooten9000

Why no Pokemon EXP 2011? That would be the event to attend.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

If they build it the sheep will flock.. Enjoy your rehased leftovers while the rest of the common sense world waits for the release of BF3.

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

@ gameking5000 Sure Activition has the single top selling shooter in the industry but that is all they have. EA on the other had has fairly much to offer. Just because they have the top selling game doesn't make them top EA over all. I own at least 3 modern EA games for every modern Activision game I own.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

>Dynamo11 LoL If they didn't do that, the whole thing would essentially be one giant day-care center.

Warmog
Warmog

Only reason people are going to this is for prize money. I think this franchise is dieing.

GarGx1
GarGx1

just cut out activision, give money direct a charity of your choosing, then get a bunch mates and go paintball

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

The best part of CoD franchise is surely Call of Duty Endowment group. The games themselves must have a "macro" kind of automated development kit, like MS Excel ones that you only need to press a play button and Voila: another sequel; but while part of the money goes to this group, I'm ok. People do buy it anyway.

LoveSack
LoveSack

this sounds a bit like my idea of hell.

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

@TheIfym20 How would PEOPLE CAMP in places? Oh wait if you do play in the console version then it's safe to say some COD players are playing in the game. No wonder your team sucked, unless you noticed BATTLEFIELD is a team game. The camping in COD is HORRIBLE absolutely horrible, no recoil on weapon makes it easier.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

seriously CALL OF DUTY CONVENTION? this year we are going to have new perks. bye.

dstv
dstv

If this was news of a mario convention i would be much more exited

xdude85
xdude85

Everyone knows that QuakeCon is better.

AssassinJul95
AssassinJul95

Whilst all this sounds like a fun (albeit very expensive) excursion, I can't help but wonder about Activision's prioritization skills...shouldn't they be focusing on their upcoming game, as well as on fixing and/or updating their current Call of Duty titles? Just saying...

adilejaz
adilejaz

TonnFool23 Well I have played both games!! I still back MW series up for what it is!! Have nothing against BF:BC2 or BF3!! they are excellent games!! but when it comes to people who love MW series, guys like you bump in with their teaching lessons of what is better and what is not!! mind you that you are right, there are no campers in BF series. you always have the option of blowing a camper off the map which is actually a junglle!! this requires no F***ing strategy and like in MW Multiplayer we refer to such players as noob tubers!! So if you love to be a noob tuber you shouldn't ask the campers to switch and become you!! Now if we talk about graphics, it does not change anything although personally I love good and latest graphics and am looking forward to BF3 for that!! Most of the MW series fan following is for single player and slick gameplay the one you call without recoil. I say so what!! it still works for even people like me who are not under 18 and been playing for more than 10 years!! I play MW series for the gameplay and when bored switch to BFBC2 and play the multiplayer!! It is lot better than MW series but gives no right to any one to insult MW series. Every game has its pro's and con's remember the sh*ty servers with which BFBC2 was launched!! I hope it cools you down and your lectures as well because they make no difference to anyone!! If you still feel frustrated go have S*x!!

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Albaficas EA has tried many times to topple CoD's throne but it hasn't. There is a good chance that EA is going to fail again.

tytheman16
tytheman16

An expensive Activision product? unheard of...at least this time its going to something important.

PhantomPlayers
PhantomPlayers

It's funny because people should be at school or working around that time. Sept 2 is a Friday and Sept 3 is a Saturday. I can think of a thousand things I rather do on a Friday or Saturday night than to attend a COD convention LOL.

dstv
dstv

if this was an article for a battlefield convention i would actually post a comment that made sense

Albaficas
Albaficas

who cares anyway we have a new king and its BF3...cry moar CoD kid fans,RAAAAGE MOAR CoD kid fans.CoD is history - overated period.good luck with MW3 oups sry i mean MW1.5

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Love how under 18s aren't allowed in, that's 80% of there player-base right there

master_foam
master_foam

their probably charging 1200ms points to go to the convention

advanracer
advanracer

This is almost going to remind me of Conan O'Brien's "STAR WARS CONVENTION" skit with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. In L.A too! lmao. Don't know what I'm talking about ?? Look it up in Youtube.

iTz_IIMayHeM
iTz_IIMayHeM

Regardless if your talking bad about cod or talking good your stilling talking about it. so keep talking about it. and i will be attending cod xp so see you there :D

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

@tonnfool23 Yeah man BFBC2 is the best game in the world. Nobody camps, cowards in tanks, or hides in towers because you can blow them up simply amazing.....

Atc4life
Atc4life

WHAT ?!!! There is a COD convention now? When did this happen? Why? So many questions I have. I cant begin to imagine what sort of people will go to it. The only cod fanboys I know are teenagers. This is mind boggling...

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

@TheIfym20 BF isn't stragetic? So what's so stragetic about COD other than running around a 8x8 map and firing a fully automatic weapon with no recoil? Nothing, there isn't a single shread of team work at all. Hell even World of Warcraft takes more skill than call of duty. And camp in towers? You haven't played the game at all, you can BLOW IT UP there isn't a single camper in battlefield. Go play it before you chat crap.

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

Love how BF3 fanboys just crawl out of the wood work to attack this article. BF3 still has camper and glitches just like COD. Every game has their fair share idiots playing the game. EA is as greedy as Activision, and they milk a game whenever they get (madden). BF3 is not more strategic than COD, you have stupid morons that camp in tanks and towers and that require you to use RPG just to kill them. Play your own game and shut the f¥~% up.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@StingrayX5 Activision are doing more than contributing. They FOUNDED their own charity group. So of course they are contributing or else the group would go bankrupt.

gunner967
gunner967

Oh boy, a convention full of jerks, 30-year olds who live in their mom's basement, and 10 year olds! It leaves Battlefield fans shaking their heads(shakes head).

slysin
slysin

I hope many a pc gamer goes to punch the Treyarch devs in the balls for one of the worst launches of a flagship game on the PC. (Black Ops multiplayer) Its still has technical issues to this day.

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

I understand the charity part of this...but the amount of money Activision already has...they can contribute more then enough.

gregpfunk
gregpfunk

This is a really great cause. I don't really enjoy COD but this is definitely admirable

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

great! now i can go to a convention and finally meet the rich douche who called me a "f@%%*% N#$$@#" through the entire session!!!! pass.

Legojake94
Legojake94

omg while i read this i hear them laughing at me. "such an awsome event and u cant even come hahaha" CURSE THIS DREADED ECONOMY SUCKING AWAY ALL MY FUNDS!!!!

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

What?...they now have a convention, this is going too far.

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

Beside COD fanboys (and some journalists), I don't know anyone who would spend 150$ on a ticket plus spend on airfare and hotel if they don't live in the LA area to attend a COD convention .

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

This is BS...just another gimmick for the brainwashed COD fans.

Daian
Daian

At first i was like " Wait, what?", then " Oh wait, it figures...". Not really a huge surprise, it was inevitable, it is the most successful franchise of the century. The price is ridiculous but if it all goes to charity i'd actually go if i lived there just to indirectly donate that money to people that are much braver than i'll ever be.