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Top 32 Call of Duty Esports Teams from Around the World Compete for $2 Million Prize Pool

Watch Live August 14-18 on Twitch and MLG.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – August 14, 2019 – The finale to the thrilling fourth season of the Call of Duty World® League, Presented by PlayStation®4, begins Wednesday, August 14, when the best Call of Duty® Esports players from around the world complete their quest to be crowned the 2019 Call of Duty World League Champion.

The five-day competition to be held at the famed Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion sports complex in Los Angeles, begins with elimination play for all 32 teams. Doors will swing open to spectators to join the action onsite for the final three days of competition as teams march toward the grand final championship match to take place Sunday afternoon. All the action from the start will be broadcast live for viewers around the world. Fans can catch every epic contest on MLG.com, Twitch and even in-game inside Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4.

“This season of the CWL has been thrilling to watch and the Call of Duty community has responded as viewership continues to grow this year,” said Johanna Faries, Commissioner of Call of Duty Esports. “After months of storylines, drama and outstanding competition, we’re about to see who is the best Call of Duty Esports team in the world.”

Added Co-Studio Head of Treyarch, Dan Bunting, “It’s been incredible watching the competitive community play Black Ops 4 this season, especially at the level of competition that we’ve seen throughout the playoffs – it’s been intense.” Fellow Co-Studio Head Mark Gordon added, “Watching purely as fans has been a blast. Thank you to all the players who competed this season, as well as fans and viewers everywhere who have enjoyed the action like we have – we can’t wait to see who takes home the title on Sunday.”

Pro teams OpTic Gaming, 100 Thieves, Luminosity Gaming, and eUnited have all captured tournament victories throughout the season, making each clear favorite to take home the title. They’ll also contend with 16 amateur teams, who qualified for the Championship event at the league’s Miami event in July.

Here are the groups for the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship:

The first two days of competition will see the top two teams in each group move on to the bracket stage of the tournament. With these 16 remaining teams, the tournament moves to a double-elimination format before a champion is crowned. The competition features Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 from publisher Activision and developed by Treyarch. 

Tickets for the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship are available, while supplies last. General admission tickets are available for $50.00 (plus fees and taxes, while supplies last) and include entry to all three days of the event (August 16-18) at the Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion. For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit MLG.com/CWLChamps.

The event will be broadcast in its entirety from August 14-18 on Twitch.tv/CallofDuty, MLG.com/CallofDuty, and in-game exclusively within the PlayStation®4 version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4. Championship Sunday will be broadcast on Twitter via @CODWorldLeague.

Visit CallofDuty.com/esports and follow the Call of Duty World League on Twitter and Instagram for the latest CWL updates. For live broadcasts and Video on Demand, visit MLG.com/CallofDuty.

About Activision

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world and is a division of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com or by following @Activision.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the expected dates, features and events of the CWL Championship are forward-looking statements, that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

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