Deck leak: new details on the Call of Duty League

Report shares city slot evaluations, player salary minimum and more

Call of Duty's Icon Sascha Heinisch · 18 Aug 2019

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According to a report by Richard Lewis for Dexerto, additional information about the Call of Duty League (CDL) has leaked. The leaked deck mentions that the league will run from January to July, team structure and mandatory salary figures, as well as price evaluations for the city slots. Furthermore, the deck claims that the media rights for the league will be at $20 million.


The deck mentions that teams will have to appoint a General Manager and sign between 7-10 players for each franchise. Contracts must provide an annual minimum salary of $50,000, much like contracts in Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League. Teams will also be held to a so called “competitive balance tax”, meaning that a soft cap will be enacted on aggregate team salary which requires teams to pay an extra fee after going over the cap limit. Again, similarly to the Overwatch League, the soft cap limit will be set to $1.575 million for year 1. Moreover, players must receive at least 50% of the earned prize money, though their share may be divided as the team sees fit.


The deck mentions that Activision Blizzard expects each respective city slot to be worth over $45 million dollars in 10 years’ time, notably valuing it under the Overwatch League’s estimations of some city slots right off the bat. Up to 28 different city slots could be sold. Media rights are expected to earn $20 million for year 1, once again significantly lower than the $90 million for two years that the Overwatch League has gotten just from Twitch.

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Notably, the deck mentions that the Overwatch League surpassed its projections of $25 million in revenue in year one by earning $85 million, with $45 million from Twitch alone as mentioned before.


When Dexerto asked for comment, Activision officials did state the following: “As a matter of policy, we don’t typically comment on rumors and speculation. What we will say however is that there are factual inaccuracies in this reporting. Further information on the future of Call of Duty esports is forthcoming and we look forward to sharing it with the community soon. In the meantime, we’re watching and celebrating the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship taking place this weekend.”


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