The Call of Duty League is moving to PC play with controllers. In an official statement from the League this morning they announced that from Season 2 all games would be played on PC with a controller.
The players will have a choice of controller and according to the league, “This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the league-approved controller style that works best for their game.”
This is the first time that a competitive Call of Duty season will not be played on console
Mouse and keyboard set ups will still not be allowed for competitive play, “As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season.”
It looks like the league wants to give veteran players enough time over this season to get used to playing on PC before they make the full shift towards mouse and keyboard. Competitive Call of Duty has been played on consoles since the early competitions in 2011 and the MLG gaming on the Xbox 360, it will take a lot of getting used to for the returning players.
The statement also announced major changes to their amateur leagues
Call of Duty Challengers is the minor leagues of the esport which allows amateur players to attempt to break into the pro-circuit. As of season 2, Challengers will go crossplay. This means that competitors will have the choice of playing on console or on PC. Both users will still have to play using a controller. These changes also mean a change in the way that the Challengers is monitored, “More information on changes to Challengers, including rules, regulations, and how the league will monitor competition, will be revealed in the coming weeks.”
Further rules and regulations are still to be announced, as is the full 2021 season schedule. In the announcement by the league they made sure to make readers aware that more was to come, “More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a later date.”.