Game publisher Activision, part of Activision Blizzard, is presenting a new tournament in Call of Duty Warzone, its flagship battle royale FPS.
Called “Who is the King”, the tournament takes place over five days, with the first event occurring on August 16th. The event will take place over four days, with the finals taking place on September 1st, 2023.
The tournament fields a $150,000 (£118,000) prize pool divided into two segments. The first $20,000 (£15,000) will be awarded to the best teams after each of the first four days, and the rest of the pool will be allocated during the finals weekend.
The tournament will see well-known Warzone and Call of Duty pros play against content creators and streamers. Activision noted in a release that the tournament aims to answer the “age-old debate” of whether streamers or pro players are better in the game.
The players will include some of the most-known Call of Duty League players such as the Call of Duty World champions Tyler ‘aBeZy‘ Pharris Anthony ‘Shotzzy‘ Cuevas-Castro and well-known streamers such as DiazBiffle, Asim and Scummn.
The tournament will be divided into two segments, each angled slightly towards professionals or streamers. The first and third days will see teams compete in the typical Warzone game mode Kill Race. Meanwhile, the second and fourth days will host the Call of Duty League format, meaning that Search and Destroy and Hardpoint game modes will be played. The grand final will combine all of the mentioned modes.
The tournament series is produced by American talent management company The Kinetic Group which represents a large number of players and creators in the Call of Duty space.