The 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship is headed to the East Coast of America for the first time, as the top 32 teams in Call of Duty today will compete at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 9-13.
With the 2017 season offering the largest season prize pool in Call of Duty history of $4 million, it’s only fitting that the Amway Center, set to be one of the largest venues that will host a Call of Duty tournament to date, will be the place where $1.5 million of that prize pool will be on the line. Part of the City of Orlando’s largest redevelopment plans in the city’s history, the Amway Center has played host to All-Star Games and world class performing artists, and will now hold its first major esports tournament.
Rob Kostich, EVP and general manager of Call of Duty at Activision, is more than excited to bring the Call of Duty World League Championship to the East Coast, and it being the end of the line for a season that “is already shaping up to be the biggest one yet.”
“The live events all over the world, including Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, Paris and Sydney have been incredible, and the Global Pro League has already featured intense match ups with teams going after the big Stage 1 prize purse. So, the CWL Champs in August becomes even more fitting as the culmination of the best that Call of Duty esports has to offer this year,” Kostich said.
“We can’t wait for Orlando.”
Six teams are already bound for the Sunshine State, with 2016 Call of Duty World League Champions Team EnVyUs and runner-ups Splyce earning a bid alongside Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, Rise Nation, and Australian team Mindfreak. The other 26 spots are up for grabs across the rest of Stage 1 play, the CWL Relegation tournament, and Last Chance Qualifiers held in the North American, European, and Australia-Pacific regions.
While tickets are not on sale yet for the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship, you can see some of the teams who will compete at this event live during Stage 1 of the Global Pro League, as well as the CWL Anaheim Open.
eUnited, Luminosity Gaming, Epsilon Esports and Millenium will all compete for three Championship spots this weekend in Group Yellow, while OpTic Gaming, Red Reserve, Enigma6 and Elevate are set to duke it out for another three spots from May 12-14 in Group Green. The top two teams in each Stage 1 group will also compete in a playoff from May 26-28, where $500,000 of the $700,000 Stage 1 prize pool will be up for grabs. Tickets are still on sale for the Yellow Group and for the Playoffs, and they can be purchased here.
The CWL Anaheim Open will not only likely see all of these teams compete in an open tournament, but it will also be the site of the CWL Relegation tournament where another four Call of Duty World League Championship spots will be decided between the fourth place team from each group from Stage 1 and four contenders across three regions, who will be determined soon via online regional qualifiers in the NA, EU, and APAC regions. Tickets are still on sale, as well as team passes if you think you are Call of Duty World League Championship material, and both can be purchased right here.