The Call of Duty XP live-stream event just ended. It has been a tough year on Activision, and though Infinite Warfare was meant to be the quintessential COD experience, fans on Youtube were brutal in their disdain towards that first reveal trailer. At 3.2 million dislikes, their PR department has had a roller coaster of a year.
Thousands of fans in-person, and millions more online–so the press release goes, at least–joined the annual Call of Duty MP celebration.
Co-sponsored and presented by Playstation, the best competitive Call of Duty: Black Ops III players from around the globe, including fan favorites Optic Gaming and FaZe Clan from North America, Millenium from Europe, and Mindfreak representing Australia/New Zealand, will also vie for their share of the $2 million in prizing and the right to be called world champions.
Fans in attendance were the first to play Infinite Warfare’s MP mode and were able to broadcast their gameplay live. Also making a presence were Infinite Warfare’s Zombies in Spaceland mode, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered multiplayer, as well as new Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer content from Treyarch’s soon-to-be-released fourth downloadable content offering, Salvation.
Call of Duty PlayStation VR experience “Jackal Assault” which immerses fans in the cockpit, putting them in control of a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, will be available for free for all owners of Infinite Warfare.
“This is it. The ultimate competitive stage for Call of Duty,” said Rob Kostich, executive vice president and general manager, Call of Duty. “This first year of the Call of Duty World League has featured some of the best competition in Call of Duty history, as well as the most fan support we’ve ever seen. The matches all the way through the finals on Sunday will be intense and really fun to watch. We have the biggest prize pool ever for the franchise up for grabs and the best players on the planet competing for the championship.”