Call Of Duty League now has an official kicks off date as they will be launching their inaugural season in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event will take place from the Minneapolis Armory from January 24th-26th, 2020. The venue will be hosted by the home team, the Minnesota Røkkr, which is owned and operated by WISE Ventures Esports and the Wilf Family, owners of the Minnesota Vikings. While a formal schedule hasn't been released yet, we're guessing we'll see all 12 league teams in action during the weekend at some point. Here are a couple quotes from this morning's announcement as we look forward to seeing who will be fighting against who.
"We are thrilled with the continued growth of the Call of Duty esports footprint as an international, city-based league with 12 teams in 4 countries, all of which deliver epically entertaining competition to millions of fans around the world," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. "Building on our city-based model's success in esports first established by the Overwatch League, we are excited to unite the historic passion for the Call of Duty franchise with city-based fandom to create a league to rival the very best leagues in traditional sports in recognizing, celebrating and rewarding our players."
"We are thrilled to debut the Call of Duty League in Minnesota in partnership with the Wilf Family and everyone at WISE Ventures," said Johanna Faries, Commissioner of the Call of Duty League. "Bringing together all 12 pro teams and the amateur community together for this special moment will usher in a new era for Call of Duty esports."
"It is an honor to host the inaugural weekend of the Call of Duty League and welcome our ownership partners, players, and most importantly, our fans," said Jonathan Wilf, President and Ownership Partner of WISE Ventures Esports. "We have been craving an esports event of this caliber in Minneapolis-St. Paul. With the success this community has in hosting world class events, we are excited to put on an incredible fan experience to launch the Call of Duty League."