Call of Duty eSports Championship revealed

Activision partners with Microsoft, MLG, and ESL for 32-team Black Ops II tournament this April with $1 million purse.

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Activision today announced the Call of Duty Championship, a new Black Ops II eSports tournament with $1 million up for grabs. In partnership with Microsoft, Major League Gaming, and the Electronic Sports League, Activision will bring 32 of the most skilled teams in the world to Hollywood, California April 5-7 for a tournament to be live-streamed across the world.

Players interested in taking part in the tournament can register at the official official Call of Duty eSports page. All gamers must have a Call of Duty: Elite account (free) to register for the tournament.

Once registered, teams of four can duke it out for entry into the Call of Duty Championship by competing in the February League Play mode for Black Ops, which opens today. The tournament is open only to Xbox 360 gamers.

After the February League Play season comes to a close, the top eight teams will earn spots in the Call of Duty Championship in Hollywood. In addition, the top eight Black Ops II teams from the MLG Winter Championship in March will earn spots at the Call of Duty Championship, as will the top eight from ESL's European Finals.

The remaining eight seats at the Call of Duty Championship will be available to gamers in Asia, Australia, and Brazil. Territory-specific qualification details will be revealed in each region in the coming weeks.

According to Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia, eSports integration has been an "integral" part of Black Ops II since the company began development on the game. For more on the Call of Duty Championship, check out the video below.

Discussion

78 comments
JusXice
JusXice

since when COD became a sport? the game don't require any skills heck anybody can be good at this game. 

carolino
carolino

Can people with normal life and jobs become top players of any game ?

i have trouble understanding this cause i take 2 weeks to end a 20 hour game lol

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Activision and M$ should organise world wide COD & Halo tournament 


tgwolf
tgwolf

As little as I care about the Super Bowl I would be more enthusiastic about watching it than this, thanks to the oh-so-boring genre of the game--NO WAIT! I would rather watch The World Series! ...Because, you are correct, I can't stay awake through a game of baseball.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Gaming world revolves around gaming consoles, not outdated legacy PC.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

How can anything featuring overweight, zit faced 15 year olds sitting on their sofas brainlessly mashing controller buttons while their mommies cut the crust off their grilled cheese be considered a sport?

meoluoi_2102
meoluoi_2102

well i think stragety will play a major part since everyone can be Rambo in game

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I play a lot of COD but I won't for a second say it qualifies as a sport.  If it is I'm an amazing athelete.  LOL.

params7
params7

Only Xbox 360? get rekt treyarch

Gynthaeres
Gynthaeres

Haha, competitive FPS gaming on a console? Please, please tell me they disable the console's aim-assistance. I'm not sure how you can have a "competitive" game when the computer does most of the precision aiming for you.

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

I think it's a cool idea, maybe more publishers will do this and there will be way more tournaments besides CoD. Be pretty kick ass to see a BF3 tournament with squads. I can see all the little kids dropping out of high school and training to become the best CoD player in the world.

Max_160
Max_160

brace yourselves, incoming prejudice hate on esports from hipster gamers.

Randy21021
Randy21021

well to win 1 million dollar from a crappy game that has lag compensation and many glitch that money is worth it

another_drew
another_drew

sorry but am i the only one here that has 0 respect for mlg? all it is for is big name games with some multiplayer component. its not even the most challenging games. CS has been in for years, BF is more challenging than CoD, SC is about the only respectful game they support. People don't seem to realize MLG isn't the only name in the game. They are just the more advertised.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I can't even laugh anymore.  I have laughed for so long, it's not funny, it's sad.

sylvzz
sylvzz

Call of Duty LOL

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Oh ActivisionBlizzard idiot HalfLife kids r not happy to u :P

Fr0oTy
Fr0oTy

Competitive FPS ... on console :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D 

I wanted to post 10 minutes ago, but I was too busy laughing after reading "The tournament is open only to Xbox 360 gamers." 

Dice2119
Dice2119

wait no PS3 Tournament!!! bull crap, Oh well i still love you Ps3 :-)

Legend002
Legend002

A lot of camping in tournament I bet.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Lol becoming a Call Of Duty champion is like being the kid keeping the back of the short bus to himself.


HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

Do they have an age requirement? They should have it no higher than 13 otherwise no competition.

marcus219
marcus219

Wow, I like this. I love the format. And I think I'll watch an fps eSport for the first time :) this gives me hope for sc2 as well. :) 

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Playing video games is not a sport. Stop calling it a sport. And adding a small "e" in front of the word does not signify it as a sport. IT. IS. NOT. A. SPORT.

Bane_09
Bane_09

How will they have a winner if everyone is just camping in a corner the whole time?

MoreThot
MoreThot

Probably the easiest FPS to play on the planet EVER and its going to be in esports.. Hm. I guess the skill qualifications for these have plummeted next to nothing.

YYankee
YYankee

Awesome! I'm not a big fan of CoD but I want e-sports to grow.

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

@carolino No, normal people with normal lives can't compete. However, I'm sure being good at a video game will look great on their resume in the real world, lol.

YYankee
YYankee

@params7 Treyarch is not the group that decided on what platform to host the tournament on. Activision is the publisher and they own the CoD IP. Activision is the group that decided to host it on the Xbox 360 over the PS3. This is probably due to the fact that Microsoft agreed to support this by streaming it to the Xbox LIVE dashboard along with promotional reasons. Not sure why Sony wouldn't want to support this. Maybe Sony didn't raise their hand quick enough.

yanni1
yanni1

@Max_160 It's cool to hate apparently. Maybe they are just jealous the winners get 400k.

YYankee
YYankee

@Deadman_est1982 I still chuckle every time I hear about Red Sox players eating fried chicken, drinking beer, and playing video games in the clubhouse while live MLB games are going on outside. I chuckle every time I see the Red Sox lose because I hate them so much.

Max_160
Max_160

@Deadman_est1982 chess is considered a sport. rethink your logic. eSports games like SC2 are done for entertainment. you watch TV, sports, and Justin Bieber music videos for entertainment. watching games is entertainment as well. it makes it more entertaining when you put money on the line and the pros are tested to their limit. people like you just view this with bias, because you think it is not normal or justified within the rules. it's a game, yeah, but so is baseball, football and chess. since it is future now there are digital sports, called eSports. 

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@another_drew SC and don't forget Halo, Halo has a STEEEEEP learning curve. A well assembled team of good players will eat an average for dinner, it would be disgusting.

realiamnot
realiamnot

@HAZCHEM88 I'd say 18+ since the game is an 18 anyway. A kid at the age of 13 wouldn't know what to do with $1.

marcus219
marcus219

It's hard to ignore all the negative/ignorant comments but i'm hanging in there. Just barely. How are you mods and staff at GS doing? Do you have tricks to staying sane?

YYankee
YYankee

@nemes1s3000 Playing video games in itself is not a sport. You're correct. Playing video games competitively on a scale such as this IS a variation of a sport. The proper term for this variation is e-sport. You should learn it will because you will be seeing it a lot more in the future as it grows rapidly :)

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

@YYankee You are a better man than I am, props. :/

When it comes to "defending" my favourite e-sports (SC, Quake, mobas), I am as willing to jump for their defense as any other fan, but I am not sure if I want all e-sports / competitive games to grow. :/

More games mean more competition between them for both the viewers and more importantly for sponsors' attention and I don't want sponsors to reduce their investments in my favourite games because they could find better RoI in some other games. So nope. No "general" support for e-sports from me :/, only for the ones I like. :P 

But it's cool that there are selfless fans like you as well.

re1nv3nt
re1nv3nt

@BarkingSpider81 @carolino 'cause normal is always the best thing to be.  so what if it's nerdy and a game?  there's also real skill, and real strategy, and real money at stake.  do you know what a resume is?  it's supposed to get you jobs.  do you know what winning a major esports tournament is?  you have a blast, make good friends, and win significant money. there is no right way to live life, dude.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@Sardinar @Fr0oTy ... and total bullcrap! I can't believe that Activision has pretty much turned their backs on PC gamers. The first Call of Duty game was on PC and FPS games are meant to be played on PC. It's bad enough that Xbox still gets the map packs before PC, but not including PC gamers in this tournament is downright insulting.

YYankee
YYankee

@SciFiRPGfan You could also look at it like this...

If this competition is successful for Activision (which I think it will be) in terms of getting new players and getting current players to keep playing the game (which adds increase revenue from dlc and future games) then other publishers might look at Activision's success and say "hey, we can do that too!". This might mean more funding for e-sports in general.  This doesn't have to be a genre specific success. Thank you for your praise. I feel like you deserve some as well for being honest and bringing up some solid points.

aeo1111
aeo1111

@JLCrogue @Sardinar @Fr0oTy

I wonder like what would happen if one of the teams had mice instead of controllers... :))).... I guess it's to easy to eat chinese with a spoon, so that's why we use chopsticks. It's logical, it's not absurd. You wouldn't want your console to resemble a PC now, would you ? It's bad for business