Spots in the new Call of Duty league carry a hefty price
The cost rivals that of many major sporting events
A new Call of Duty eSports league is being suggested by Activision. The league would be similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch League and the organization has already begun seeking teams that would be interested in participating. Those teams are going to have to be prepared to break out the wallets, though, as a spot in the league doesn’t come cheap.
Activision began holding meetings with prospective franchise owners last week. These meetings are reported with eSports organizations that already have Call of Duty teams, like Faze Clan, and ownership teams that are involved in the Overwatch League. All of those with whom Activision has already met will have priority over their home city slots should they decide to launch a team in the new league.
Activision isn’t looking for the money to start flowing yet; it only wants non-binding indications of interest. If those teams decide to move forward, though, they will have to pay $25 million to grab their spot. By way of comparison, the Overwatch League charged $20 million a spot in its inaugural year, but that fee has reportedly gone up to as much as $60 million.
Activision’s league is expected to launch sometime next year. The current competition format in the Call of Duty World League is being redesigned and Activision would adopt the new layout.
Call of Duty has been popular, but not as popular as Overwatch. Activision might have a chance at making its new league succeed; however, the price for a team is going to prove to be a challenging obstacle for many teams.