Activision has announced the return of the $1 million Call of Duty Championship to Los Angeles on March 28-30.
32 teams will compete for the title of best in the world and their share of $1 million prize pool through online and local qualifiers. Global online qualifiers will start later this month for a variety of different countries and regions, with the first United States qualifer taking place on February 1st. These teams will first qualify through a series of online qualifers, with the top eight teams from each qualifier flying out to compete in the regional LAN finals.
Teams will come from all over the world and will be broken down as such:
Americas – Thirteen (13) Teams
United States of America – Eight (8) Teams
Brazil – Two (2) Teams
Canada – Two (2) Teams
All Other North & South America – One (1) Team
Europe – Thirteen (13) Teams
United Kingdom/Ireland – Four (4) Teams
France – Two (2) Teams
Germany – Two (2) Teams
Belgium/Luxembourg/Netherlands – One (1) Team
Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden – One (1) Team
Italy – One (1) Team
Spain – One (1) Team
All Other Europe including Russia – (1) Team
Asia Pacific – Four (4) Teams
Australia/New Zealand – Two (2) Teams
Hong Kong/Singapore/Taiwan – One (1) Team
South Korea – One (1) Team
Africa & Middle East – Two (2) Teams
South Africa – One (1) Team
United Arab Emirates – One (1) Team
For a list of the full online qualifier schedule, you can visit MLG's website here.
There will be three regional LAN qualifier finals following the online qualifiers, prior to the very final event in Los Angeles.
Live Regional Finals:
Australia / New Zealand – Sydney 28th February, 1st March, 2nd March
Europe – London, 28th February, 1st March, 2nd March
USA – New York, 7th - 9th March
Championship – Los Angeles, 27th – 29th March
All of the online qualifiers will be handled through the Xbox 360, but the grand finals will take place on Xbox One according to the release. It'll be interesting to see if that sticks with how players will respond.
We'll continue to cover the Call of Duty: Championship qualifiers as we approach the actual event, so be sure to check back for new information.