Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Will Triple Their eSports Payouts


In the ever growing landscape of eSports, money is starting to get handed out similar to that of professional tournaments of actual kinetic athletics. Despite the annualization in nature of the Call of Duty titles, Activision remains committed to throwing their hat into the ring by announcing that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be the host game for a new organization: the Call of Duty World League. The way it sets up is interesting, and with $3 million in tournament payouts it will triple what previous games in the series have provided.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 play in this new World League will be split up into two divisions. The first, the Pro Division, will call upon professional teams from around the world to compete in a regular season to earn a spot in the Call of Duty Championship. The begin of season play starts not at launch, but in January 2016. The Challenge Division will serve as the entry into professional gaming life, as amateurs and aspiring pro teams alike will get the chance to play in LAN events for the right to a spot in the Call of Duty Championship.

The Championship, itself, will move from Spring to Fall 2016 in order to promote a year-long tournament and bleed right into the next iteration of Call of Duty that will inevitably show up in November 2016. The pro-am approach to this tournament is a smart move, as the nature and business of eSports is just on the verge of a major breakout. When games like Heroes of the Storm is getting Sunday night play on ESPN 2, Activision knows that they want to continue to hold a spot in eSports that they’ve had since the late 2000’s.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 6.

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