Activision held its first ever Call of Duty Championship last year in a bid to promote the game in the eSports scene, now the company has announced that a 2014 Championship will take place over three days starting from 28th March.
The competition will be held in Los Angeles, where the best 32 teams from around the world will compete in Call of Duty: Ghosts- the latest game in the popular franchise. It will be the first official CoD event to be played on Xbox One and the winning team will claim a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool. With Microsoft part sponsoring the event, the matches will be streamed on Xbox Live and through MLG.tv for gamers all over the globe to experience.
"Last year's championship came down to the final minute of the final match with everyone holding their breath to see who would win. The skill, passion and energy brought by these teams and the crowd looking-on showed just what makes our community the best in the world," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing in a press release. "Call of Duty is more than a video game. It's a pastime shared by millions. It's exciting to play and fun to watch, and we can't wait to see what this year's event has in store."
The qualifying rounds will be handled through online tournaments played on the Xbox 360, whilst regional finals being played on Xbox One with live broadcasts taking place from late February through early March in Australia, the UK and the US.
Here are the dates for the live regional finals:
Australia/ New Zealand - Sydney 29th February, 1st March, 2nd March
Europe - London, 28th February, 1st March, 2nd March
USA - Florida, 7th-9th March
The competition is open to anyone, professional gamer or not, providing that they meet the requirements of the official rules and regulations. To find out more details please visit the MLG website.
Ghosts gets eSports adjustments
In related news Infinity Ward recently consulted with the 'competitive community' and will implement improvements for eSports play in CoD: Ghosts to be rolled out "as soon as possible". The changes make restrictions on the use of various in-game equipment, tweak the game rules and change some other aspects of the game. For a full list of the 'improvements', made to address competitive user feedback, please check out the CoD: Ghosts blog page with the announcement here.