Call of Duty: Mobile turns to esports with World Championship

22 April 2020


Activision has partnered with Sony Mobile to launch the Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship, starting April 30th.

Described as a global tournament, many details for the event are yet to be unveiled.

Call of Duty Mobile World Championship
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Activision has announced that any players looking to participate in the Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship need to be ranked veteran or higher in the Ranked mode of the game. The event will have a total prize purse of $1 million (£812,200), though distribution is unknown at the time of writing.

Chris Plummer, Vice President of Mobile at Activision, spoke on the initiative in a release: “We are very excited to launch our highly-anticipated competitive tournament in Call of Duty: Mobile. As the next-evolution in our fan-favorite Ranked Play, this tournament format gives eligible Call of Duty: Mobile players a chance to compete with players from around the world for cash and prizes.”

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Beyond the prize pool and the start date of April 30th, no further details for the World Championship have been disclosed at the time of writing.

This is a very different approach to the console version of Call of Duty, which kicked off its newly-franchised Call of Duty League late in 2019. The competition has 12 geolocated teams, with slots being worth at least $25 million (£20.3 million) each.

Esports Insider says: On one hand it’s exciting to see CoD: Mobile finally move into esports, but on the other hand it’s still early days with many details yet to come. $1M is, of course, a grand amount of money and the mention of the event being “global” is a promising start.

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