Call of Duty League has taken a major step toward ensuring that no fan is on the outside looking in during its championship this summer.
With the first half of its innagural season now in the books, the league revealed today that all 12 teams will be eligible to compete for top honours in a double-elimination tournament.
In making the announcement on its website, the league stated: “This new structure gives all teams an opportunity to compete for the season’s biggest prize and gives all CDL fans more reasons to cheer in support of their favorite teams, players, and cities.”
Initially, only the top eight teams were scheduled to play in the championship, leaving the bottom four teams out. The tournament, which has a $US4.6 million prize pool, is slated for August, with no word yet on whether it will be online or in-person.
The Atlanta FaZe currently leads the league with 170 points, followed by the Dallas Empire and Chicago Huntsmen.
Here, from the Call of Duty website, is how things will break down:
Structure (based on Call of Duty League standings):
1st and 2nd place automatically seeded into Round 3 of the Winner’s Bracket
3rd and 4th place automatically seeded into Round 2 of the Winner’s Bracket
5th-8th place seeded into Round 1 of the Winner’s Bracket
9th-12th place seeded into Round 1 of the Elimination Bracket
With the change of structure, the following redistribution of prize pool earnings has been established:
1st (2020 Champion): $2,000,000
2nd (1 team): $1,000,000
3rd (1 team): $500,000
4th (1 team): $300,000
5th (2 teams): $200,000
7th (2 teams): $125,000
9th (2 teams): $75,000
11th/12th (2 teams, last place): $0