The new year for the Call of Duty team is usually about two months earlier than it is for the rest of the world. In early November a new title launches and the community starts a new experience. This is happening right now as Call of Duty fans everywhere are just getting their hands on Infinite Warfare.
The Call of Duty new year is also something that happens with Call of Duty esports. Last year, with Black Ops III, we introduced the Call of Duty World League (CWL) and created a great foundation for Call of Duty esports. More than 1.2 billion minutes of live competitive Call of Duty was watched with more than 121 million views over the course of the season. The fans of Call of Duty esports are looking forward to this new year of esports, and so are we.
The CWL team is excited to be a part of PlayStation Experience for some big announcements about the 2017 season and a special invitational tournament to kick off the new year. Season structure, game updates, and key events will all be discussed as part of the livestream prior to the invitational start.
The invitational will take place during PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, CA, on December 3 and 4. As part of the eight-team invitational, Splyce, Team Elevate, Rise Nation, Faze Clan, Luminosity Gaming, Orbit, Renegades, and Evil Geniuses are scheduled to compete during the first official LAN broadcast of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. We encourage all our fans to come and check out the action live. If you can’t tune in live, we will be streaming all the action on MLG.tv and twitch.tv/CallofDuty.
Sam Cooper// Senior Director, Call of Duty