With eSports becoming more popular and accepted every year, it is only a matter of time before professional gamers will be making money comparable to professional athletes.
Activision today announced the Call of Duty Championship, which will feature a Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament with a $1 million prize pool. From April 5-7 in Hollywood, California, 32 teams of four players will compete in a live-streamed tournament for their share of the $1 million. The top eight teams will receive a share of the money, with the first place team taking a $400,000 prize.
"More people play Call of Duty multiplayer every day than watch the average regular season game of the NBA," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. "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."
Registration for the tournament has already begun. Teams will compete for a spot in the tournament via Call of Duty: Black Ops II's February League Play on Xbox LIVE. The top eight teams in the League Play season will gain entry into the tournament. Eight more teams will come from Major League Gaming's (MLG) Winter Championship on March 15-17, as well as eight others from the Electronic Sports League's (ESL) European Finals that same weekend. The remaining teams will come from Asia, Australia, and Brazil.