Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues today has announced that it has sold two more franchise slots for the forthcoming Call of Duty esports league to Misfits Gaming and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE). Activision is doubling down on the city-based, franchised model for esports by launching the CoD league next year amid also running the second-year Overwatch League (OWL). Misfits’ team will be based in Florida – no city was named in a press release – while KSE will run a second team in L.A. Activision is selling slots in the CoD league for a reported $25M, and the addition of these two brings the league’s currently announced total to nine. OWL started its first season off with 12 teams, and that same minimum amount is expected here. Esports outlet Dexerto recently cited an Activision sales deck that indicated the league wants to eventually expand to 28 teams.
Misfits’ team in the OWL is called the Florida Mayhem and it is planning to host events next year in both Miami and Orlando, so it could take a similar multi-city approach with the new CoD league team. Immortals Gaming Club, which owns the L.A. Valiant in the OWL, is the other L.A.-based team in the new CoD league. KSE also owns a second L.A.-based team in the OWL in the L.A. Gladiators.
Adam Stern is a writer for the Sports Business Journal where this article first appeared.
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