Warzone is currently the most popular mode of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Fans wished for a long time for this game mode to be present in the competitive scene. However, because of the pandemic, shifting all live tournaments to an online format was clearly the priority. Now that this problem is out of the window, the Call of Duty League announced its first-ever Warzone tournament. It was one of the most important demands from the franchise’s fans all around the world, and the CDL could not possibly miss out on such a golden opportunity.
An Opportunity to Experiment
“It gives us some opportunity to experiment,” said Call of Duty League Commissioner Johanna Faries in the Washington Post. “That’s a good look for us, to understand ‘what do we like about it?’ How does this become a broader conversation about the role that ‘Warzone’ can play in the broader Call of Duty esports ecosystem?”
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Since its release in March, Call of Duty: Warzone has gathered players from all countries and backgrounds. Even athletes and influencers loved the game and participated in its huge success. Nonetheless, the Call of Duty League wants to take it slow and make sure that everything is smooth sailing at each step of the process. There are a few examples in esports history when Leagues went too fast on investing resources and did not end up where they intended to be. By organizing a simple tournament and getting feedback from it, they are guaranteeing some form of success.
A Warzone Tournament
This exhibition tournament features 48 players from 12 different teams. Before this, on every championship weekend, only 8 teams were able to participate. Starting on Saturday, fans will be able to enjoy seeing Warzone teams going at each other with full force. This event will logically be broadcasted on the Call of Duty Youtube channel. A simple reason for this is to advertise the event to its 882 thousand subscribers. As it will be an online event where players will likely work from home, it is good news that the CDL recently acquired more server backups to ensure that players can compete in the right conditions.
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It seems that the CDL officers are handling the potential Warzone esports scene quite carefully. After finally deciding to take a risk and do it, they want to make sure to solve problems before they officially appear. This may be the best possible course of event for Warzone fans.
Written by Charles FUSTER