More teams have joined the upcoming city-based Call of Duty league! The teams in questions—Misfits Gaming and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment—are set to take over the Florida and Los Angeles franchised slots in 2020.
What does this mean the future of CoD esports and Call of Duty betting?
Misfits Gaming and Kroenke’s power
It’s fair to say that Activision Blizzard is an ardent supporter of esports franchising. The company has already established one city-based league with Overwatch. Now, it’s looking to do the same with Call of Duty.
Of course, the key thing about franchising is choosing the right people to work with. And Activision Blizzard has certainly hit the ground running with Misfits Gaming and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The former is a UK-based esports organization with a strong presence in League of Legends, Overwatch, and fighting games. Misfits is already a part of two esports leagues, one of them being the above-mentioned Overwatch League, and the fact that it’s looking to join more shows it’s a strong believer in the franchising model.
Meanwhile, the latter is the owner of the Overwatch League team L.A. Gladiators and two prominent sports teams in the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and English Premier League’s Arsenal. And these are the kind of credentials that speak for themselves.
The two will join the list of other confirmed partners in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Minnesota, Toronto, and Paris, making for a total of nine Call of Duty franchises in 2020. This is still a long way off Activision Blizzard’s long-term goal of having 28 city-based teams in its league, but it’s definitely a good place to start, considering each spot is rumored to be worth $25 million.
So will the 2020 Call of Duty franchise be a smashing success? The jury is still out on that, but even the most zealous skeptics would have to admit that Activision Blizzard did a great job picking its partners. Now the only thing left is creating a league that will be worth their investments.
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