Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision
Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI)
and development studio Infinity Ward, in partnership with Xbox, are
celebrating the talent, passion, and skill of Call of Duty®'s
best eSports players with the 2014 Call of Duty® Championship,
presented by Xbox. Beginning today through Sunday, March 30th
in Los Angeles, 31 of the most skilled Call of Duty®: Ghosts
multiplayer teams from around the world are competing head-to-head on
Xbox One for the honor of being named the "Call of Duty World
Champions," and their share of the tournament's $1 million total prize
purse. Fans can tune-in to every thrilling, action-packed moment through
livestreamed coverage of the Call of Duty Championship, presented
by Xbox on MLG.tv
and at Call
of Duty.com. Additionally, the tournament's final match will
take place Sunday, March 30th with the livestream starting at
3:00 p.m. (PDT) on the Xbox Live Dashboard and on Xbox.com (in
"The global popularity of Call of Duty continues. Last year alone
fans logged over 5 billion hours playing Call of Duty, and now
its time to see who's the best of the best," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of
Activision Publishing, Inc. "The Call of Duty Championship
is a celebration of Call of Duty, featuring a tailor made
livestream for fans to experience and enjoy all the action in real-time.
Last year's finals came down to the final moments of the final match,
and we can't wait to see how it all unfolds this year."
These 31 teams from six continents around the world have trained
extensively over the past few months, winning their respective fellow
regional competitions in qualifying events conducted by the professional
competitive gaming organizations of Major League Gaming (MLG), Gfinity,
and the Australian Cyber League (ACL). Teams like NSP from South Korea,
European Champions TCM Gaming from UK and Brazil 5 Star from Brazil,
will compete against such notable teams from North America as
CompLexity, EnVyUs, and MLG U.S. Champions Strictly Business.
The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox begins
with round-robin style pool play among eight groups of four teams. The
top two teams from each group will advance to a 16-team double
elimination bracket, where the team that places first will tke home
$400,000 of the tournament's $1 million dollar total prize pool. The
remaining seven teams will each take home prizes ranging from $200,000
for second place to $25,000 for eighth place. Further details on the
2014 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox,
including full rules and regulations, Call of Duty: Ghosts
maps and modes for the tournament, livestream information, prizing
distribution and more are available at https://callofduty.com/esports.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is available for Xbox One, the
all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox
360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and is rated "M"
(Mature - Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, and Strong Language -
content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older) by the ESRB.
For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/ghosts,
or follow on Twitter @InfinityWard.
About Major League Gaming
League Gaming (MLG) is the global leader in eSports. The company
operates MLG.tv, the #1 online broadcast network for professional level
competitive gaming; the MLG Pro Circuit, the longest-running eSports
league in North America; and MLG:
Play, the largest cross platform online gaming tournament system
with 9 million registered users across the globe. MLG is one of the
fastest growing digital networks worldwide with over 1557% growth in
audience over the last four years. Each month, the company reaches
millions of highly-engaged fans via web, mobile, connected TVs and
gaming consoles making it the definitive property for major advertisers
to reach young men (90% male, 50% 16-34 year olds, 76% 21+, and over 40%
HHI $100k+). For more information: www.mlg.tv
Formed by gamers with the backing of successful investors, Gfinity was
created to help push eSports within the UK to a professional level, to
raise awareness and to provide an arena for gamers to showcase their
talent. Gfinity was launched as a company in early 2013 and plans were
immediately set in motion to deliver events unlike any that had been
seen in European eSports before it. For more information on Gfinity,
please visit http://www.gfinity.net/,
and follow us on Twitter
for the latest updates.
About Australian Cyber League
The Australian Cyber League (ACL) established Australia's first and only
national circuit for gaming. Founded in 2006, ACL operates the most
prestigious live gaming events for competitive titles across both
console and PC platforms. Known for top quality production, ACL has been
pioneering the broadcast practices of eSports in Australia, delivering
engaging livestreamed content from events into the homes of gaming fans.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing,
Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico,
Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the
Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, Mainland China and the region
of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be
found on the company's website, www.activision.com.
ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, and CALL OF DUTY GHOSTS are trademarks of
Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the
properties of their respective owners.
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