Call of Duty League announces the return of offline events after losing more than a year of tournaments in front of its live audience.
Activision acknowledged the importance of having offline events for Call of Duty and has decided to go back to organizing them together with the franchise teams. Covid 19 forced the teams from around the world to move to North America. This caused serious connection problems between teams competing from different places. With Call of Duty Cold War, most teams she moved to Texas to have an optimal connection to the server. Most of the teams, despite the franchise position, now reside there to gain a competitive advantage.
An exception to this trend are the Toronto Ultra, currently located in Canada, who recently beat the Atlanta FaZe to win the Stage 2 Major. Mark Bryceland, Toronto Ultra head coach, talked about what the loser bracket competition would have been like had it not been online. “Those moments would have been great in front of a live crowdBryceland said. “It’s moments like Toronto Ultra’s miraculous win that are are best celebrated in front of thousands of fans and the fans are what make Call of Duty events so memorable. ”
On stage together again. # CDL2021 pic.twitter.com/qjvhvQzJv7
– Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) April 14, 2021
For this the Call of Duty League proudly announced that each team would have their own homestand (a live event in the city where the team is based) during 2021. However, only a select few teams have been able to experience these types of events due to Covid 19. Now, as anticipated by the various franchise teams of the Call of Duty League, offline tournaments are back. An animated gif within the competition’s automatic gamertag generator gave a single answer: “BACK2LAN”To symbolize its own the return of offline and live events. Now, the Call of Duty League itself has confirmed the rumors. More information on these events will be available soon.
Also the Overwatch League did not want to be outdone and together with the news of the start of the championship, he announced his intention to organize several live events in China.
There will be three live clashes spread across three cities – Hangzhou in June, Shanghai in July and Guangzhou in August – and the league says that they will take place in places with reduced capacity “To meet local safety requirements”. Events will be a kind of hybrid between online and in-person competition. Here’s how the League describes them:
The five China-based teams – Hunters, Charge, Spark, Valiant and Dragons – have plans to go to each of the events to compete on stage, while the three Korea-based teams – NYXL, Fusion and Dynasty will not travel. Matches that will take place between a team based in China and a team based in Korea they will see the Chinese team compete on stage while their opponents will compete from Korea remotely on our tournament cloud server.
Like most esports leagues, the Overwatch League was forced into online competitions last year due to the pandemic. The change was particularly felt by the OWL because il championship – comprising 20 teams based in 19 cities in North America, Europe and Asia – he was preparing for his first season where the teams would play their games in their home venues. While most of the 2021 season is still expected to take place remotely, today’s news is an important step for the OWL which returns to its original goal.
The 2021 season of the Overwatch League starts on April 16, with a huge list of matches throughout the weekend.