Turner and IMG‘s esports tournament organiser ELEAGUE is set to make its debut in Call of Duty by hosting a charity event that will benefit veterans.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 event is titled the ELEAGUE CODNATION Challenge for Vets and will take place on October 13th – the day after the game’s release.
Hosted at the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta, the event will act as a platform to showcase the new instalment of the popular franchise and it will contribute to Call of Duty Endowment, a not-for-profit organisation that aids veterans in transitioning to civilian life once they’ve finished their service.
Broadcast live on Twitch, the tournament will see 15 popular personalities, professional players, and casters from Call of Duty form three teams of five to face off in numerous Black Ops 4 game modes. Participants haven’t been announced at the time of writing.
Black Ops 4 is thought to be pivotal for the franchise’s future by many, as Call of Duty has struggled to grow as an esport in any significant way over the past few years. For the first time, competitive teams will be made up of five players instead of four. Not only that, but there has been an increase in prize pool for the entire season and amateur players will be given a better platform to rise through the ranks.
Esports Insider says: It’s great for Call of Duty esports that a new tournament organiser has entered the scene, and it’s for a very worthy cause. If ELEAGUE can bring in some of the more popular people from the scene – combined with the excitement surrounding the new game – then viewership and fundraising could go rather well.