Activision-Blizzard’s forthcoming Call of Duty League is slated to have a dozen franchises in its inaugural season and this week, the identity of the first of those franchises has been revealed as the London Royal Ravens.
ReKT Global, who are the parent company of Rogue who purchased the rights to the franchise, have revealed not only the name of the first official competitor in the Call of Duty League, but also its logo and the colours that the team will identify with, which seem to be predominantly black and red.
A Name Explained
A statement on the official website of the London Royal Ravens explained the decision behind the name.
“The idea behind our name, the London Royal Ravens, stems from the legend of the Tower Ravens. It has been said that the Kingdom and the Tower of London will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress.”
This story is retold to any visitor who goes on a tour of the Tower of London, where the six resident ravens reside. It is also home to the Queen’s Crown Jewels and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city of London, the home of the Royal Family, which has clearly served as the inspiration behind the team name.
The name also has links to the Baltimore Ravens NFL team, although in this case, the Raven is a bird that is endemic to the United Kingdom and is a member of the crow family alongside Carrion Crows and Magpies. There are also links to the popular TV series Game of Thrones and its three-eyed raven.
The London Royal Ravens Team and Further Team Announcements
The London Royal Ravens will be managed by Michael “ODEE” O’Dell, while its players will be Brad “Wuskin” Marshall, Jordan “Jurd” Crowley, Rhys “Rated” Price, Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall and Dylan “Dylan” Henderson as its player representatives.
The Ravens are coming.
— London Royal Ravens (@RoyalRavens) October 15, 2019
Rogue’s franchise is the first to confirm its team details in this way with the other eleven teams set to participate from Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Toronto, Paris, plus two teams each from Atalanta and Los Angeles, still to announce their logos, team names and colours officially, although details are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.
Activision-Blizzard recently posted confirmation of the name of the Call of Duty League, it’s official logo and the fact that it will be competed for on the PlayStation 4 in a recent release and reveal trailer.
They also confirmed that the 12 teams will be competing for a total prize pool of over $6 million in the first year and that the season will finish with the season ending Call of Duty League Championship, which can be assumed to be similar to the Overwatch League Playoffs, to decide who will win the first Call of Duty League title.
It has also been confirmed that the teams will play each other in their host cities, home and away, over the course of the season, mirroring the plans for the Overwatch League’s city based games set to start in earnest for the 2020 season too.