The Call of Duty League was impacted when the COVID outbreak began. They were no longer able to host their Home Series events across the world. It only took a couple of weeks before the league adapted, transitioning to a fully-online format for the remainder of regular season. There were hopes that the Call of Duty League Postseason would be able to run as normal, but it has also been affected. An official statement was released last night.
Changes to the Postseason
Over the last few months, the league has worked closely with teams and competitors to try and create the best format possible for the Playoffs and Championship Weekend. As COVID has continued to be a major health risk, appropriate action has been taken.
The remainder of the regular season and now the Call of Duty League Postseason will take place online. Activision Blizzard have relieved some technology improvements and measures that have been taken. This has been done in order to improve both competitive integrity and viewer experience.
Cameras for everyone
If you have been watching the recent action in the league, you will have noticed that not every player has a camera running for themselves during the stream. To combat this, the league have provided each competitor with a camera setup. This setup will be used for league officials to view and monitor the console, controller and monitor when/if needed.
These cameras will be in place before the start of the upcoming New York Subliners Home Series.
One glaring issue with the league moving to an online format is having a fair server host for all the teams. There have been regular complaints from professional players regarding the poor quality of the servers.
Currently, the teams are provided a list of three servers to select from in a veto process. For the Playoffs and Championship Weekend, this will be increased to five servers. The goal of this is to achieve the fairest possible server for both teams to maintain as much competitive integrity as possible.
Bringing in Reinforcement
The final update Activision Blizzard provided for the Call of Duty League Postseason was a massive bulk up. The production team, technical team and officiating staffing team have also been given reinforcements to try and handle any situation that could come their way.
Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Call of Duty League. We expect to find out more about the postseason in the coming weeks.