Las Vegas plays host to Activision’s Call of Duty this weekend, as the top eSports teams kick off the first part of the competition to become the Call of Duty World League 2017 Champions. The very best players from around the world face off in the first open event of the Call of Duty World League season. More than 160 teams will begin the cutthroat competition December 16 – 18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the largest live Call of Duty open bracket to date.
Today marks the opening of pool play, and tomorrow, on Sunday, the best of the best will face off for their share of a $100,000 prize pool and vie for the title of Call of Duty World League Open Champion at MLG Vegas. Back in 2016, over 1000 teams entered the World League, and only 32 made it to the championship held at Call of Duty XP (The annual Call of Duty convention, held this year in Los Angeles). The prize pool this weekend, while certainly hefty at 100 grand, pales in comparison to the $2,000,000 prize handed out at Call of Duty XP in September. The best eSports teams should expect a similar pool when the season nears its end, but the cash rewards in Vegas – and the bragging rights – are certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Accompanying the Call of Duty World league return in 2017, as part of the Road to Champs, players can compete for CWL Pro Points with online Game Battles as well as at live events worldwide. Additionally, the top teams from North America, Europe, and APAC will be invited to the first ever CWL Global Pro League beginning in April. Those eagerly anticipating the action this weekend should check out the trailer here, as well as prepare to settle in and witness the excitement with one of the several available viewing options. Watch the competition on MLG.TV, MLG’s YouTube channel, or in game via the PlayStation 4 Infinite Warfare’s Live Event Viewer.
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