A monumental change may be coming to Call of Duty League, as Warzone is planned to join Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare as a premier esports title as soon as this year. This news comes as a part of a broader strategy to make Call of Duty League (CDL) appeal to a larger audience and further boost the viewership of the professional Call of Duty circuit, which was founded in 2020.
The CDL's second season is set to kick off with an opening event that will take place from February 11th until the 14th, which will take place online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league's 12 teams will face off in a series of matchups that have yet to be announced, but Warzone won't be a part of this event. However, that could be changing sooner than viewers may be expecting.
Johanna Faries, the Head of Leagues at Activision, tells Screen Rant that it has more ambitious plans for incorporating the battle-royale mode into Call of Duty League. The company didn't unveil any specifics about how the upcoming Warzone CDL inclusion will take shape, but Faries said a full announcement isn't too far off, sharing:
Warzone has proven to be a cash cow for Activision since its release in March 2020. The battle royale attracted more than 30 million players in less than two weeks after its launch and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, combined with 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Warzone's immense playerbase is Activision's secret weapon in getting CDL streams onto more gamers' screens worldwide. Still, it remains to be seen how the professional Warzone scene will be structured.
The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is the most mainstream example of a battle royale league. Epic Games designed the FNCS as a sequence of weekend tournaments that culminate in a championship tournament that determines the winner from each world region. Epic Games even introduced a team-structure the FNCS, which Warzone could emulate - unless Activision has other plans in store, of course. The second CDL season will come with several other changes, along with its introduction of Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision will include 4 vs. 4 gameplay, CDL games will only be played on PC, and the Los Angeles Thieves will be replacing the Optic Gaming Los Angeles. It's poised to be a monumental year for Call of Duty League and Warzone seems destined to play a major part.
The new DMR weapon recently added to Call of Duty: Warzone, coming from the somewhat divisive Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, is prompting players to deem the popular battle royale "unplayable." Since the free-to-play game's integration with the latest mainline installment, the new influx of unwelcome guns has so far had the biggest impact on player enjoyment.
When the announcement of the new season came around on December 16, fans were excited for the integration of Warzone and the new COD game, but soon after many people started to experience glitches and bugs that began to ruin the game. In perhaps the worst example of Warzone's balance going out the window recently, a game-ruining invisibility glitch rendered exploiting players impossible to see and became the go-to strategy for easy wins for a time. As developers had to entirely remove the helicopters from the game to fix this glitch, some are calling for the DMR's complete removal to rectify this latest situation.