It was only the beginning of Warzone esports, according to Johanna Faries, Head of Leagues at Activision.
“We took a long time in the off season to think about what the next level proposal for Warzone look like CDL and the Call of Duty esports community as a whole? »Said the fairies. “Over the next few months, I think we’ll have some exciting things to share about what this means for us and what fans can expect, not just in 2021, but beyond. We are really very happy to think that CDL is extending its entrepreneurial spirit to Warzone conversation in a way that I think will be exciting. “
The CDL is gearing up for its second season, after a start marked by a global pandemic and a myriad of technical issues as the league quickly moved to a fully virtual format. Throughout 2020, pro games have been plagued by server issues, dropped players, and rushed replacements, even going as far as the championship weekend.
Take the Home Series Finals in London between the Dallas Empire and the Paris Legion in July for example: teams were able to test and veto certain servers beforehand, but the only sources available were in California, Texas or Illinois. . The teams ended up playing on Texas servers, giving the Dallas team a potential clear advantage in terms of latency. Dallas Empire won this series, but even team star James “Clayster” Eubanks called it “so unfair.”
Hey, we won, so I can’t roast myself to be salty, but it’s completely unfair that the server selections against Paris are CA, TX, and IL. We veto CA because they are 4 CAs, they veto IL because it’s the furthest away of them, and they get stuck playing on a TX host. So unfair.
– NYSL Clayster (@Clayster) July 19, 2020
Faries did not give details on the location or speed of the servers, but she said the league is working closely with the teams to create a more robust ecosystem for the 2021 season. It all officially begins on February 11, but first there is the Classic kick off on January 23 and 24, with six pre-season games voted by fans among the top teams.
“There has been a tremendous increase in server support,” Faries said. “And again I think a good work plan flow, if you will, let everyone know where the servers are, what the contingency plans look like if something happens halfway through.” . All the signs indicate that he is very ready for this.