The Call of Duty League announced that Championship Weekend will take place from Aug. 4-7 in Los Angeles’ Galen Center on Wednesday, the same venue used to cap off last season. Champs is the final event of the Call of Duty League season and holds the largest prize pool of any event from the season.
It’s considered the world championship of Call of Duty esports, with the winners taking home a ring, a trophy and a huge cash prize. Until now, the date and venue of the event were a mystery, with some fans holding their breath that the event could take place in London, United Kingdom. However, that pipe dream will have to be put on hold for another year, as Champs is staying in Los Angeles, California.
The event is slightly earlier than when Champs began last season. It appears that Activision and the CDL want to move on to the start of Modern Warfare II’s life cycle sooner rather than later. The open beta for MWII is currently rumored to begin shortly after Champs ends, which could be a reason for the earlier state date this season.
Champs will feature the top eight teams in the Call of Duty League standings. The bottom-four teams will not attend the event. The standings are based on match wins and how far each team goes at every Major event. There’s only one qualifier round and tournament left, Major IV, so teams on the verge of not making the bracket will need to start winning. Teams are also fighting for seeding, as there is no round one bye for the top two seeds this year. The higher a team is seeded, the better matchup they’ll receive in round one.