The Call of Duty League will look very different in its second season – Andrew Webster

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The Call of Duty League kicked off its inaugural season last year with a bang. The CDL launched with an ambitious vision to merge esports with city-based teams, and it all started with a live event at the Minneapolis Armory. Not long after, that vision was forced to change.

Like most gaming leagues around the world, the CDL was forced to shift to an online format, eschewing in-person events. Perhaps surprisingly, the season was still a success; the league says last year’s finals between Dallas and Atlanta was the most-watched Call of Duty match ever, with a peak of 330,000 viewers. (The winning team even won an actual throne.)

According to CDL commissioner Johanna Faries, the league was able to learn from the experience of running a…

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