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The audience at CWL 2018 Five cities have purchased a spot in the upcoming franchised Call of Duty league By Keshav Bhat

The audience at CWL 2018 Five cities have purchased a spot in the upcoming franchised Call of Duty league By Keshav Bhat

The parent company of esports outfit Splyce, OverActive Media is now the only esports organization in the world to own permanent franchises in the League of Legends, Overwatch League and Call of Duty professional leagues.

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick adds that the company "will announce additional owners and markets later this year".

Activision has annoucned the first five locations for the new Call of Duty esports league: Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; New York, NY; Paris, France; and Toronto, Canada.

Activision Blizzard, the games publisher behind the league, has already had success with another of its games, shooter title Overwatch.

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According to various sources, including ones that have spoken to ESPN, the price for each spot in the new franchised CoD league has been set to $25 million. "We're continuing to enhance our leadership position in esports".

Activision also witnessed stronger growth in its Overwatch League unit, where the Company has been aggressively pushing into the eSports gaming scene. The company claimed that Candy Crush Friends Saga was attracting both former and new players alike to the franchise.

During first-quarter Esports viewership increase 30%, driven by the second season of the Overwatch League so far, as well as for the first time Activision announce five city-based groups in the next Call of Duty professional league.

Pete Vlastelica, Activision Blizzard's president of esports leagues said: "Call of Duty is a game that embodies teamwork and dedication and Call of Duty esports is a celebration of those pillars".

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Activision has announced the first five esport teams taking part in the upcoming Call of Duty league. That being said, Activision Blizzard granted franchises to existing OWL franchise owners who "recognize the scale of the opportunity from their partnerships with us on the Overwatch League".

"We are very excited to be a seminal franchise in the new city-based Call of Duty league".

Activision now operates the Call of Duty World League which has been running since 2015.

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