Activision is taking a big step into the world of competitive gaming, announcing The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 tournament will take place in Hollywood, CA from April 5th through the 7th and features a staggering prize purse of $1,000,000. That's one million dollars for those of you counting the zeroes.
Says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg:
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. 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.
NBA might not be the best point of reference there, but you get the idea.
As the February season of League Play gets underway today on Xbox Live, Activision has announced that the top 8 teams this season will be invited to the Call of Duty Championship for a chance to battle for the prestige of victory (and the cash that comes along with it). Separately, teams competing in the MLG 2013 Pro Circuit and ESL European Finals will also be given a chance to fight their way to the top, with 8 teams from each of those events earning an invitation to the 32-team Call of Duty Championship in Hollywood.
This is a huge deal for Call of Duty as Activision strives to turn the FPS giant into a viable eSports player. Check out http://elite.callofduty.com/esports for more information on the Call of Duty Championship and good luck to everyone battling for a spot on the tournament board.