Call of Duty is an incredibly competitive game, but it hasn’t really made much progress in the eSports scene. Activision tried to change that last year by hosting the very first Call of Duty Championship, and it must have gone over well as the publisher is doing it again.
Activision announced this morning that the Call of Duty Championship will be back for 2014 on March 28. The best 32 Call of Duty teams from around the world will meet in Los Angeles to compete in the latest game in the franchise – Call of Duty: Ghosts.
“Last year’s championship came down to the final minute of the final match with everyone holding their breath to see who would win. The skill, passion and energy brought by these teams and the crowd looking-on showed just what makes our community the best in the world,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Call of Duty is more than a video game. It’s a pastime shared by millions. It’s exciting to play and fun to watch, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s event has in store.”
With Call of Duty Championship being hosted by Xbox, Microsoft makes a big to do about this year’s tournament games being played on the Xbox One. The tournament will also be broadcast over Xbox Live. If you don’t have Xbox Live, you’ll be able to watch games via MLG.tv as well.
The qualifying events will be taking place across six continents with players competing on the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. The winners of those matches will then go on to the regional finals in late February. The winners of those will then move on to the finals in Los Angeles in late March.
If you want to take part in the Call of Duty Championship, get your team together and head to the MLG Web site. The first preliminary qualifier for the U.S. will take place on February 1. A second preliminary qualifier will take place on February 8.
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