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access_time February 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM in Culture by Ryan Bates

Take Your Shot at a Million Bucks in XBox’s ‘Call of Duty Championship’


Think you’re good at Call of Duty: Black Ops II?

Prove it.

XBox, in partnership with Activision Publishing, Treyarch, Major League Gaming, and the Electronic Sports League, presents the Call of Duty Championship in Hollywood, California, April 5th through 7th. And the prize is nothing to sneeze at: the tournament is valued at a cool million dollars.

That’s right: if you’re good at Call of Duty: Black Ops II, you have a chance at a share of $1,000,000.

Beginning today, Call of Duty players can register for a Call of Duty Elite account at https://elite.callofduty.com/esports. Once registered, players can team up in groups of four and play in the February season of League Play on XBox LIVE. The top eight teams in League Play will earn eight of the 32 coveted spots in the Call of Duty Championship in April to compete for a share of the million-dollar prize.

“More people play Call of Duty multiplayer every day than watch the average regular season game of the NBA. The scale and passion of the Call of Duty fan base is simply humbling, and yet there is no formal way to find out who amongst those millions of players is the best of the best, until now,” said CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg. “Watching the performances of the very best Call of Duty players is already a mass spectator sport on YouTube and Call of Duty Elite. We are going to bring the best players in the world to Hollywood to compete on the ultimate stage, for the ultimate prize. And we are going to invite our entire worldwide fan base to join in the fun.”

The remaining spots will be split against winners in side tournaments in the 2013 Major League Gaming Pro Circuit featuring Call of Duty and winners in side tournaments in the Electronic Sports League’s European Finals, taking place March 16-17 in Cologne, Germany. The remaining eight slots will be split around the world, with details being revealed at the Call of Duty Elite website.

“It’s an absolute honor to have players and fans celebrate the thrill of competition on such a grand stage,” said Mark Lamia, studio head of Treyarch. “From the very beginning of development for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, we committed to making eSports an integral part of the game, and it’s going to be awesome to watch the best teams in the world battle it out for everyone to see.”


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