Call of Duty Esports to Arrive in UK

London’s Copper Box Theatre will play host to a vital stage of the Call of Duty World League this May as 16 of the world’s best teams converge on the capital. Held from 3-5 May at the 7,500-capacity venue, the event will be an important precursor to the spectacular CoD World Championships in August.

The world’s best professional teams including Optic Gaming and the UK’s very own Splyce will compete for their share of the £325,000 prize pool. Alongside the professionals, there will be a separate amateur tournament where up to 200 teams will battle it out for a slice £75,000.

Following several years of negative reaction to subsequent CoD titles, Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 has had a more positive reaction and the game’s esports scene is again on the up. With a host of rule changes including a move to a 5v5 format, the Call of Duty World League 2019 has been a huge success since the opening event in Las Vegas in December.

The chairman of Gfinity, the organisers of CWL London, Garry Cook said:

In May, London will become the focus of the gaming world. Gfinity is going to put on a show and deliver an experience that will excite the global Call of Duty esports community. We know the players and fans and the passion they will bring to the Copper Box Arena. London is in for a treat.

This will be the first major CoD Esports event in London since 2016, with a CWL Birmingham event at Insomnia Gaming Festival in 2018. The Copper Box arena has a long esports pedigree, with the Rocket League World Championship previously held there. For more details, click here.

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