February 1st 2013 9:34 am PT

Call of Duty Championship

In Partnership with Activision, today we are announcing the Call of Duty Championship.

Full details in the Activision press release below:

ACTIVISION AND XBOX PARTNER TO BRING LANDMARK
CALL OF DUTY® eSPORTS COMPETITION TO THE MASSES
WITH THE CALL OF DUTY® CHAMPIONSHIP,
PRESENTED BY XBOX TOURNAMENT

Players to Compete for $1 Million Purse in Worldwide
Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Tournament Taking Place in Hollywood, CA April 5-7

Santa Monica, CA – February 1, 2013 – It’s time for gamers the world over to mark their calendars, because the ultimate high-stakes Call of Duty competition is coming this April, forever changing the face of competitive eSports. The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, featuring a $1 million Call of Duty®: Black Ops II tournament, will take place in Hollywood, CA April 5-7. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) and their award-winning studio Treyarch, in partnership with Xbox®, Major League Gaming (MLG) and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will bring together 32 of the world’s most skilled multiplayer teams on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to compete head-to-head in Call of Duty: Black Ops II in a live-streamed spectacular to be broadcast to the masses.

"More people play Call of Duty multiplayer every day than watch the average regular season game of the NBA. The scale and passion of the Call of Duty fan base is simply humbling, and yet there is no formal way to find out who amongst those millions of players is the best of the best, until now," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Watching the performances of the very best Call of Duty players is already a mass spectator sport on YouTube and Call of Duty® Elite. We are going to bring the best players in the world to Hollywood to compete on the ultimate stage, for the ultimate prize. And we are going to invite our entire worldwide fan base to join in the fun."

Beginning today, players interested in participating in the tournament can go to https://elite.callofduty.com/esports and register for a free Call of Duty Elite account – it takes just a few seconds. Once registered, teams of four can vie for entry into the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament by competing in the February season of League Play in Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox LIVE®, which opens today. Following the close of the February season, the top eight eligible teams will earn coveted spots in the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including a trip to Hollywood this April to compete for the $1 million tournament purse.

“It’s an absolute honor to have players and fans celebrate the thrill of competition on such a grand stage,” said Mark Lamia, Treyarch studio head. “From the very beginning of development for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, we committed to making eSports an integral part of the game, and it’s going to be awesome to watch the best teams in the world battle it out for everyone to see.”

Additionally, teams competing in the recently announced MLG 2013 Pro Circuit featuring Call of Duty: Black Ops II (www.majorleaguegaming.com) will vie for a chance to enter the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox. At the MLG Winter Championship, March 15-17, in Dallas, Texas, the top eight teams will earn trips to Hollywood to play against the best Call of Duty players in the world. Joining them will be eight winning teams from the ESL’s European Finals (http://cod.esl.eu) taking place March 16-17, in the famous ESL Arena live eSports Studios in Cologne, Germany.

Remaining seats in the 32-team tournament will be made available internationally across Asia, Australia, and Brazil, with territory-specific qualification details to be revealed locally as they become available and at https://elite.callofduty.com/esports.

Further details on the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including full rules and regulations, Call of Duty: Black Ops II maps and modes for the tournament, prizing distribution, travel accommodations and more will be made available at https://elite.callofduty.com/esports.

And here the official launch video

COD By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Space

    Nothing says hardcore competition like a game with full fledged auto-aim. Yeah…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

      have you ever played a shooter without auto aim? It’s terrible. every fight turns into running back and forth hoping more shots connect for you than for him.

      • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

        I’ll step in and defend you here Curtis because you are right. Although it’s not Auto Aim, it’s called Aim assist. Nearly every console FPS has this and rightfully so to compensate for the lack of accuracy with the analog sticks compared to a mouse for aiming.

  • ElektroDragon

    I hope they realize that all serious competitive players use mouse and keyboard on PC. Gosh, I really don’t like where video gaming is going with events like this.

    • ebonyglock

      How can you say that when majority of PC gamers are stilling clinging onto Counterstrike, which came out nearly 15 years ago. Steam alone shows that no one is really playing any other fps’s. Its mostly sand box games and strategy games, so what’s so special about PC that justifies its cost?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

        honestly I want a gaming pc for the unique titles there are tons of games that are unique like primal carnage natural selection 2 and chivalry medival war

        , but I agree no one cares about competitive PC gaming other then LoL and starcraft 1 and 2.

  • ryder4life22187

    This has got to be for the ultimate COD nerds. I bet these ppl don’t play anything other than COD.

    • Nick Peck

      Yah pretty much, but if they enjoy it so what? Just like all of the ps3/pc nerds that do these tourneys, same thing :D Hell, I wish I could do that for a “job” and win some prize money lol!

  • ebonyglock

    I thought MLG died after Halo Reach came out.

  • BostonSup

    “e-sports” and MLG is still around? I thought that it would be faded by now. Is Mountain Dew their “sports” drink? Does their rigorous diet consists of Cheetos? In all seriousness, its fine to compete in a video game and enjoy watching it, but they are trying to hard to pretend it is a sport. In my opinion at least.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

      fun fact
      star craft 2 is the national sport of south korea.

      • Superman64

        Fun fact:
        South Korea has an amusement park devoted to toilets.

        • Lee Thomas Rayson

          Pics ?

          • Superman64

            Just google South Korea and Toilet Theme Park. The pictures will show themselves to you.

          • Lee Thomas Rayson

            WTF that is very crazy. it explains why some cartoons from there fix on farts an poops(ultimate muscle) how does that side of the world get away with such things. the theme park and the underwear vending machines are the strangest things ive seen come from that side of the world

  • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

    I’m surprised you don’t have to have Gold to play LAN.

    • Nick Peck

      Kinda like paying for psn+ to rent games.

      • Lee Thomas Rayson

        :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

    computer gaming why?
    1- The graphics
    2- The choices of games
    3- Don’t have to pay to play online
    4- Netflix streams on it fine for free
    5- Mouse keyboard way better
    6- Steam sales let me say this again steam sales
    7- I can use the xbox controller if I want to but why would I
    8- Tons of free to play titles
    9- Don’t have to pay a huge amount for more hard drive space
    10- I can upgrade it
    11- Beta’s tons of beta’s
    12- And the list goes on and on

    • Clattus

      Except for the big one, COST. Also you have to play on a computer screen rather than your TV and are limited to certain types of games. Besides that and if you’re a hardcore gamer, you’re right.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

        the cost for a entry level desktop into gaming is not much more than a console. for call of duty you could probably use a 200 euro netbook. but games are cheaper on pc so you spend more at the start but save in the long run.

        • Clattus

          At the very least you need a decent graphics card to play the more graphic intensive games plus the issue of serious lag. Non-gaming computers aren’t designed only for gaming which makes them slower and means you have to pay more to compensate upgrading or getting an expensive gaming computer. Consoles are all but completely focused on gaming. Budget laptops are horrible for gaming because of their lack of or the very weak card that they come with. Also their shelf-life rarely reaches even five years. Cost of games is cheaper with a computer but not all that different used.

          • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

            uh yeah nope wrong again, I built my cpu for 500 dollars. Currently running a i7-2600 3.4 ghz with a really nice msi motherboard and 16 gigs of ram with two 550ti grahpics cards sli – all of this for the price of what a xbox was opening day.
            People need to stop buying premade cpu’s and take the whole ten minutes it takes to learn and put one together, then buy the parts on sale.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

            that’s funny because the lowest level i7s are about $300 and the 550ti back then was another $150 or more. when you through in a PSU, motherboard, and ram it would push you in the $800 range.

          • Clattus

            That’s still far more expensive and comparing the price to the xbox 360 7 years ago is pointless. Also you need to know what you’re doing buying separate parts for building a cpu and most people are looking at spending a grand easy. Also over time you need to upgrade or get a new system altogether plus have a compatible TV to hook up to too. Gaming options are also limited to one person typically as it’s a computer.

            Besides that yeah it is worth it to put your own pc together but it’s not that easy and again unless you’re hardcore about gaming not worth it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

            and this is why console gamers are def not the thinking types

      • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

        who uses a computer monitor anymore? hell I use my huge screen plasma most people I know do. Computers having there own separate screen is on the way out, and has been man.

        • Clattus

          Who uses a desktop anymore? TV is an obstacle too as you need to own a tv compatible to be hooked up to a computer.

          • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

            any lcd led or plasma that has a hdmi connection if fine which is pretty much the norm now try again

          • Clattus

            You’re going to surf the web on your TV? Laptops are a lot more popular than desktops, you must live alone.

          • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

            Your not even worth commenting on anymore if my computer is hooked up to my tv don’t you think i am browsing the INTERNET on it also? yes I am

          • Clattus

            Surfing the internet on your TV, how painful. Anyway in summary yes it costs more and has a weaker variety of games and multiplayer than consoles. As someone else said RTS and MMO mainly. Why comment on a console forum anyway if you don’t in fact have a console? You do realize how pathetic that is.

          • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

            i own every console and 5 pc’s for consoles i prefer xbox but over all i prefer pc i would prob be called hardcore collector
            like i have said before buy after jan not in dec or nov and get stuff on killer sales no problem can be even cheaper then the next box easy and better graphics

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

      1. least important thing with games
      2. same argument for ps3
      3. same with ps3
      4. same with ps3 but better
      5. no it isn’t, it’s just easier for nubs to use.
      6. agreed
      7. would wouldn’t you
      8. most suck lets be honest
      9. you don’t on ps3 either…
      10. that’s a negative not a positive.
      11. agreed
      12. not really the only genres that are better on pc are RTS and MMO so unless you play those the most you are better off with a console.

      • http://www.facebook.com/evan.lazer.5 Evan Lazer

        poor helpless sheep
        so upgrading a pc is a negative lol so what you’d rather buy a whole new xbox 490?
        don’t need more ram done
        the chip is strong enough for the next decade or two done
        the psu is good enough til it dies done
        all you really will ever have to update is the grahpics cards and when on sale buy the older ones so cheap

    • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

      Nah to hell with PC gaming. Sorry pal it has given me nothing but headaches. In my 34+ years of gaming I have never been a PC gamer as consoles have always prefered console content over the PC. You want me to elaborate further I would have to start showing my bias which as always is completely justified. Just sitting at a desk to game?…. the idea makes me sick to my stomach.

  • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

    I always disagree with Curtis on things here, but in this instance he is right. Spoken like a “REALIST” If you ask me bud. I don’t care how good these MLG guys are, they can’t match an experienced player using a m/kb.

    • Nick Peck

      Just like the experienced players using a m/kb can’t beat them using an Xbox controller. Different systems with different input devices so why compare them? Goes both ways. As for you other guys, it’s NOT autoaim lol, get the facts straight.

      It doesn’t aim for you at all, all that option does is slow down your aim when the reticle pass’s over a player so you can shoot them easier as it’s hard to correct yourself quickly with a controller. That’s also why it’s annoying when you have two “bad guys” running across each other and your reticle seems to “stick” on the first guy and mess’s up your aim.

      There are a ton of videos show casing this on youtube (what isn’t there? lol) and you can clearly see how it works. Auto assist is nothing like auto aim that a lot of pc players use for headshots and what not (and hacked console users I suppose). Big difference, but whatever :)

      • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

        Well said. And yes people confuse the terms auto-aim and aim-assist all the time!

  • fsdfg dsfds

    Losers

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

    i’ve not played call of duty since the modern warfare 1 beta.
    does anyone think i would have a chance of winning this?
    i was good at call of duty 2/3. then it went to the dogs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

    bf3 pc + xbox 360 joypad = rape and a broken controller.
    turn autoaim off on consoles in the options and its still there just not as much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

    so you never played a game on console? please turn off aim assist and play a shooter then cry when you overshoot targets. I Been in multiple game beta with no aim assist on console and every single time when 2 players saw each other for a fight 1 thing happened. both players would strafe back and forth holding down the trigger and hope bullets connected. if you were to stop and try aiming you were dead, now I know you probably have no experience with this so you can keep looking like a moron. but when you have multiple closed beta’s under your belt you can come talk to me.

  • http://twitter.com/phunkshun phunkshun

    The point of publicizing a competitive sport is to get SPECTATOR interest up and sustained. Its really not even about the players playing the game, its about the people watching it. With a new iteration of the game, which many times completely changes the balance and interactions of major facets of play, coming out every 12 months you really can’t build a spectator base of note.

    Real sports have succeeded because the formula and execution haven’t changed in some cases for over a century.

    This is the antithesis of the way video game companies seek to maximize returns on their offerings.

 

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