Top eight Black Ops II teams chosen for Call of Duty Championship

Rage, TVA, Vintage, Phoenix, Curse, Quantic, compLexity, and Awe Sports qualify for upcoming $1 million tournament; 24 teams still to be chosen.

The top eight Black Ops II teams for next month's first-ever Call of Duty Championship have been chosen. After a season of Champions Series League Play, teams Rage, Vintage, Phoenix, Curse, Quantic, compLexity, and Awe Sports emerged as the top squads that will compete in the $1 million tournament April 5-7 in Hollywood, California.

These teams will be joined by an additional 24 squads from around the world. The Electronic Sports League's European Championship will draw eight teams from Europe, and the Australian Cyber League will choose the best two squads from Australia and New Zealand.

In addition, qualifying events will be held in South America and Asia to round out the group.

The Call of Duty Championship was announced last month and is being sponsored in part by Microsoft. It will be held at the Hollywood Palladium theater.

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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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31 comments
MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

E sport is really a very good phenomenon because in this way developers pay to the players and it also encourage players who purchase their titles..

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Jealousy runs rampant today in the forums.  Give me a break people if you felt you were good enough you would be all over the opportunity to win some huge cash. 

nousername66
nousername66

BO2 Championship = Another marketing/PR event strictly to sell more games and systems.

Has nothing to do with who's the "best"

tarkin01
tarkin01

oh good for them......who cares.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Real pros play PC games. This tournament is a joke!

Sheik2
Sheik2

I admit COD is fun to play, all campaign, splitscreen and online. But how can it be something like e-sport? When you play starcraft is impossible for retarden 12 year old to win a game vs a pro, however this is very common on a CoD game. Pointless tournament.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

I still don't get it. CoD is the easiest shooter out there. It's like making an Olympic sport out of walking 5 meters.

nini200
nini200

Oh man, get ready for a Skorpion Evo and PDW filled event.  Hooray...

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

I can't think of anything I could possibly have less interest in than a COD championship

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

How can you be pro at a game where the hit detection is almost 100% random? You spray in the general direction of somebody and he dies within a second or so, how can you ever get good at something like that?

The reason why games like DOTA, LOL, Starcraft, Counter Strike Etc are so popular is becouse all of those games have some real depth to them where not only knowing the ins and outs of the game is important but some real precision is required on the players side in order to succeed. 

COD is not one of those games. 

jesuschristmonk
jesuschristmonk

>Tournaments for a game that a 12 year old can get good at

Where's my hop scotch tournaments?

ziproy
ziproy

God's among men, each and every one of em

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

people are still playing this? when I sign on there's like, nobody on.

BlakMagix89
BlakMagix89

ummmm.....what about ps3?? ps3 version has that champ league crap. why is it always crapbox 360 for all this stuff?? but of course, most people who play COD are people who made a deal with the devil. meh, w.e. these league matches will be nothing but quick scopes and dead silence from all the camping.

JFroese
JFroese

Quick scoping

Quick scoping everywhere

archelius
archelius

only for consoles :(! Elite for PC please!

emperiox
emperiox

Bunch of freakin basement dwelling losers. They need to get out and excercise in the real sun. People like this are why all gamers get stereotyped...

I mean seriously, E-Sports are one of the worst things to happen to gaming in the last 20 years.

tu2pac
tu2pac

@Kr3isen

Yes, you and I know this (along with anyone else who plays esport games like StarCraft). This is Treyarch's attempt to make the game into something bigger than it is.

Prior to this, yes, they sold a lot of copies ... but so what? Other games had huge followings, tournaments, live streams. Take a look at the fighting game community and what those guys are doing. They put those games back in the spotlight and as a reward their community grew; developers flooded them with new games and patches to existing ones. The devs even show up to the large events with builds of games that haven't come out yet. they actually let them test and take their feedback, tweak the build and show it to them again before release. It's crazy!

As a developer,
Treyarch simply wants more, can't blame them for that.

NicAgent
NicAgent

@emperiox Whoa, cool it.  It's people like you that's really hurting my passion as a gamer.  Maybe you should watch an eSports match for once and note how differently they play the game as opposed to one that plays it for fun.  eSport pros have more of a life than you think, they go out and exercise, and one professional Super Smash Bros. player even was on Survivor.  Basement dwellers live off their mom's coffers.  Professional gamers can make in excess of $50,000 a year, which in all likelihood is more than you make.

tu2pac
tu2pac

@Kr3isen

However, they need to fix the lag issues if they really want to make this work. The other games have it nailed.

They also need to address the exploits people use; several groups were caught during the trials for this contest ... I never heard if anything was done about it.

If they are guilty of anything it's attempting this before the game is up to snuff. They added a  new spectator mode ... and theater mode. That's it. Both aren't that great and
theater mode increase the lag for whoever is host.

BlakMagix89
BlakMagix89

@NicAgent @emperiox ummmm but im with emperiox on this one. plus how they play differently?? how can they play different than someone sitting on a couch and playing the same game, same map, same gun?? but i guess you mean diff as in they camp, quick scope and drop shot. PLUS they prob get really really REALLY pissed off if they die once. plus a gamer is someone who games, prob dont care bout the system or game, they just game for the fun of it.

emperiox
emperiox

@NicAgent I have no problem with playing competitively, I have a problem with people treating gaming as a job instead of a hobby. It's one thing if they don't have a job and they desperately need the money, it's a whole other thing when they have like 5000 dollar gaming rigs and are just wanting the money to piss away. Hell, I wouldn't have a problem even if the money went to charity...

But really? You can't POSSIBLY think that these guys are any good for the gaming community. These idiots are why we all get stereotyped as fat and lazy and live with our parents. I hate them because they make us ALL look bad.

POKE777GM
POKE777GM

@emperiox @plaintomato gotta agree with emperlox not that playing games a lot is bad but when it starts affecting your life to the extent where you are playing it 24/7 at the expense of your health, that's when it gets sad. And i believe most if not all "eSports" gamers fall into that category.

plaintomato
plaintomato

@emperiox @NicAgent You talking about GS Staff or the guys with the $400k check in their hands?

Seriously though, I'm with you. I hate pro basketball players for most of the same reasons. People find out I have a ball and they just assume I'm some d-bag degenerate womanizer that never gets any sun and wastes ridiculous amounts of time playing games.