Announced today, two more Call of Duty League franchise slots have been sold to Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) and Misfits Gaming. This creates a total of nine franchises currently awaiting the beginning of the League in 2020.
Misfits Gaming currently owns an Overwatch League (OWL) franchise slot in the Florida Mayhem, who are planning to host OWL events in both Orlando and Miami. Meanwhile, KSE owns the L.A. Gladiators in the OWL. Therefore, Misfits will own the Florida franchise (city not announced) whereas KSE will own the second Los Angeles franchise, the first being owned by Immortals Gaming Club.
According to a leaked Call of Duty franchise deck from Richard Lewis at Dexerto, Activision Blizzard expects the League to eventually expand to 28 city-based teams.
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The city-based franchise model will begin with the forthcoming Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare, which is set to release in October 2019. The inaugural season of the Call of Duty League is expected to begin in January up until July, with each new Call of Duty to replace the last, like all previous years.
The rumored price tag of a franchise spot is $25 million. This could be a reason as to why organizations may not be participating next year. One of these teams would be Evil Geniuses, which have been a part of Call of Duty esports since 2014, but has announced that it will not be competing in the 2020 Call of Duty League.
Therefore, all of the current franchises are as follows: