eSports & Gaming

Call of Duty franchise slots awarded to London, Chicago and Seattle

Activision brings franchise count up to 12 ahead of esports league’s 2020 bow.

by Sam Carp

Call of Duty franchise slots awarded to London, Chicago and Seattle

Video game developer Activision Blizzard has confirmed the addition of franchises in London, Chicago and Seattle for its new Call of Duty (CoD) esports league.

ReKTGlobal, the parent company of competitive gaming organisation Rogue, will operate the team in the British capital, while NRG Esports will control the Chicago franchise. The Aquilini Group, meanwhile, will lead the Seattle organisation.

The announcement brings the total number of franchises confirmed for the new competition up to 12 ahead of its 2020 debut. Activision has already announced teams in Atlanta, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Paris, Toronto and two in Los Angeles.

“We aspire for Call of Duty to be one of the biggest and best leagues on the planet,” said Johanna Faries, commissioner of Call of Duty Esports at Activision Blizzard Esports. “The addition of best-in-class organisations in Chicago, London, and Seattle is a strong step toward this ambition.”

It has not been revealed how much each franchise slot in the new CoD league costs, but ESPN has previously reported that teams are going for US$25 million.

The new competition features team rosters comprising between seven and ten players for five-on-five games. All professional gamers will earn a base salary of US$50,000, including health care benefits, retirement benefits and housing if required.