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'Call of Duty' has become an X Games event

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ESPN along with Major League Gaming announced on April 28 that Call of Duty will be a sporting event at the X Games in Austin.

Professional gaming will now join BMX and skateboarding at one of the largest extreme sporting events.

The tournament will have teams competing against each other by playing the Xbox One version of Call of Ghosts. The top five teams from MLG along with the top three teams from the 2014 Call of Duty Championship will first battle in a double-elimination match before moving on to a single-elimination matches.

Gamers could buy tickets to the event or livestream it from MLG website or the apps for the mobile device and Xbox 360.

The announcement has been welcomed by the game media while gamers and sports fans have been somewhat baffled by the news. Some have welcomed professional gaming to the X Games while others see it as a cheap gimmick to boost ratings.

Earnest Cavalli of Joystiq points out that MLG CEO Sundance DiGiovanni has had strong relationship with ESPN since he served as a gaming expert for the network. Cavalli does note that, "It remains to be seen if ESPN's traditional X Games audience will come for the wicked-sweet kickflips and stay for the rampant killstreaks."

Call of Duty: Ghosts is the tenth game in the popular series that has sold over 100 million copies and on average has 40 million active players a month. The game has players take on the role as operatives of the Ghosts as they wage a war against the Federation in an attempt to defend America's sovereignty.

X Games Austin will take place from June 6-8 at the Circuit of the Americas.


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