Activision Blizzard unveils first 5 franchises for Call of Duty World League

Five Call of Duty franchises announced

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. This initiative should continue to grow and may be big enough to compliment the launch of this year's big new Call of Duty game.

Atlanta's team will be owned by Atlanta Esports Ventures, the Dallas team by Envy Gaming, the NY team by Sterling.VC, the Paris team by c0ntact Gaming, and Toronto team by OverActive Media. Blizzard Entertainment owns the Overwatch League, while Major League Gaming, another Activision subsidiary, runs the league.

The first Overwatch League held its finals at the Barclays Centre in NY previous year, selling out the 20,000-seater arena in the process.

Analysts suggested that the company not raising its guidance despite a healthy first-quarter earnings beat and not revealing any new game plans for the next year may have disappointed investors.

Following the blueprint established and validated with the Overwatch League, Activision Blizzard has started the team sales process for a professional Call of Duty esports league and has already sold five franchises for Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Paris and Toronto.

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While there hasn't been too much concrete information revealed about the new franchised CoD league, it's been confirmed that each team will represent and be based in one of the major cities in either the United States or overseas.

The first five teams for Activision's upcoming "Call of Duty" Esports League was revealed Thursday. AEV now houses "Overwatch" League team Atlanta Reign.

More teams are expected to be announced before the league begins later this year.

The new franchises won't see any Call of Duty action until next year because the current World League is already underway. That means that fans can expect to see something happen between now and 30th June, whether this means an announcement will be made at E3 or during some other show is a little up in the air.

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