100 Thieves bidding to be Los Angeles’ CWL team

Plan to pay franchise fee with fundraising money, but rumors say the price keeps climbing.

Call of Duty's Icon Alexander Lee · 31 May 2019


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100 Thieves are gearing up to compete for the right to represent Los Angeles in the Call of Duty World League, according to a report by the New York Post.

The Post’s sources indicated that the organization will pay the $25 million franchise fee with money from the October fundraising round led by Aubrey “Drake” Graham and Scooter Braun.

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Activision Blizzard has already sold the first five franchise spots in the upcoming location-based league, with all sales going to teams in major cities such as New York and Toronto. According to another rumor, 100 Thieves is just one of several organizations vying for the CWL Los Angeles spot, so their claim to the franchise is far from secure. But Los Angeles would be an easy fit for 100 Thieves, since their headquarters is located near Venice Beach.

100 Thieves also has a skilled Call of Duty roster that could potentially transition into a location-based role with ease. Earlier this month, the squad defeated eUnited to win CWL London.

Call of Duty leaker “CoDBurner” has claimed that the bidding war surrounding the CWL Los Angeles spot has caused the price of the franchise to increase nearly threefold, with some teams offering more than $60 million for the opportunity. If these rumors are true, 100 Thieves will need to pony up quite a bit more than the $25 million they gained in October if they want to establish themselves in the City of Angels.

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