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.

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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.

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