Overwatch League team owners are stepping up for COD esports.
Activision has announced the first five esport teams taking part in the upcoming Call of Duty league.
As part of the company’s first quarter earnings results yesterday, Activision announced that the city of Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris, and Toronto will all have teams compete in the new global league.
Atlanta’s team will be owned by Atlanta Esports Ventures, the Dallas team by Envy Gaming, the New York team by Sterling.VC, the Paris team by c0ntact Gaming, and Toronto team by OverActive Media.
The structure of the league and city-based team franchises is akin to the Overwatch League, which Activision Blizzard has experienced solid success with over the last year.
“In each of the five founding franchises announced today, we are partnering with existing Overwatch League team owners who have first-hand experience of our esports vision and capabilities and recognize the scale of the opportunity for a global, city-based Call of Duty league,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in a press release. “We look forward to announcing more details around these cities and other team sales in the coming months.”
According to Engadget, the franchise fee for entering a Call of Duty team into the league is $25 million, which puts it in range of the original Overwatch League teams’ $20 million. Since then, the OWL has increased to between $30 and $60 million per team slot.
The league will not begin until 2020, and so it is currently unclear as to which Call of Duty title will be used for the sport. Further team owners are due to be announced later in the year. For something closer to now, be on the look out for the next Call of Duty announcement, which will happen before June 30.
Matt Purslow is IGN UK’s News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.