INGLEWOOD, California—Activision wrapped up an epic four-day Call of Duty fan celebration on Sunday by crowning Team EnVyUs as Call of Duty World League champions.
Team EnVyUs overcame top European team Splyce in front of a sold-out crowd at The Forum to take home a cool $800,000 prize. The purse was part of a winning share that totaled a whopping $2 million, the biggest in the game franchise’s history.
The competition featured more than 1,000 teams and the finals was the culminating centerpiece of the COD XP fan celebration, which further showed COD’s commitment to eSports.
Rob Kostich, executive vice president of Activision and general manager of the Call of Duty franchise, told [a]listdaily that COD XP was the biggest event in the game’s history and that it was the most fan support they’d ever seen.
“This whole event is a massive undertaking constructed for our community, and is a celebration around the entire world,” said Kostich. “COD XP is like a theme park that leapt out of a video game and into the real world. It was built really for two purposes—to celebrate our eSports season with COD World League and multiplayer for Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare: Remastered. The really important thing for us was to make sure that we not only have a great experience for the people who are here, but for those around the world who’re not.”
Fans in attendance, among them athletes like Michael Phelps, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Derrick Rose and Karl-Anthony Towns, were the first to play Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer mode, out November 4. COD carried the conversation on social by allowing fans to directly broadcast their gameplay live on Facebook with their custom capture RFID set-up.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 2, 2016
— Derrick Rose (@drose) September 3, 2016
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) September 3, 2016
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 3, 2016
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) September 3, 2016
In addition to revealing new Black Ops III downloadable content and other game reveals, Kostich and the Activision crew had an arsenal of activities for fans at The Forum to engage with, including zombie laser tag, paintballing in a life-sized Call of Duty: Black Ops Nuketown multiplayer map (broadcast on Twitch), zip lining across the parking lot, and of course, tents featuring several hundred gaming stations.
Fans on-site were also able to play the first Call of Duty PlayStation VR experience to feel what it’s like to pilot and dogfight a Jackal, the personal fighter jet in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
COD competitive fans viewed more than 1.1 billion minutes of content across 100 million tune-ins going into the weekend, so for those who were not there in the flesh, Kostich said that the conversation was carried through a litany of trailers and downloadable content reveals on social and digital channels.
Hip hop artists Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa took a break from their High Road Tour and wrapped up COD XP on Sunday with an hour-long concert crooning to crowd favorites like “Nuthin But A G Thang” and “Black And Yellow.”
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) September 4, 2016