Activision announced a $1 million tournament for the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II earlier today called the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox. Activision and Treyarch will be partnering up with Xbox, Major League Gaming, and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) to bring 32 of the world's best multiplayer teams from around the world to compete head-to-head in the Black Ops II tournament. The event will be held April 5th through April 7th and streamed live online. With $1 million in prizes on the line, it is sure to draw lots of attention.
"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," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in an official press release.
"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."
The best part is that anybody can compete for a chance to win the money. Starting today, players interested in competing can go to https://elite.callofduty.com/esports and register a free Call of Duty Elite account. Once registered, teams of four can earn a spot in the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament by competing in the February season of League Play (which starts today). Once the February season ends, the top eight teams will earn a spot in the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, including a trip to Hollywood this April.
To ensure that the best of the best are at the tournament, another eight slots in the will go to players competing on the 2013 MLG Pro Circuit. The top eight teams at the MLG Winter Championship held March 15th through March 17th in Dallas, Texas will earn spots in the $1 million tournament. The top eight teams from the ESL’s European Finals (http://cod.esl.eu) on March 16th and March 17th at the ESL Arena live eSports Studios in Cologne, Germany will also earn their way to the tournament.
The last eight spots will go to international players from Asia, Australia, and Brazil with qualification details yet to be announced (keep an eye on https://elite.callofduty.com/esports for info on that). Additional details about the tournament's rules, maps, game modes, and prizing distribution will also be announced on that page soon.