Call of Duty League Challengers Finals moves online due to the coronavirus

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Posted on: June 29, 2020 6:10 pm EDT

COVID-19 claims another victim as the popular eSports competition won’t see any live participation

The world, over the past month, has begun to loosen social distancing guidelines and measures; however, some organizations don’t feel safe yet to run in-person events. Therefore, another eSports league has decided to run its competitions online-only. The Call of Duty League just announced that its Challengers Finals event would be held online in an effort to protect gamers and fans. The eSports competition will be split into three regions – North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific – that will be playing in a double-elimination format.

The 2020 Challengers Finals comes with a combined prize pool of $500,000, and is still pending the release date for the action. It was confirmed, though, that the regional Last Chance Qualifiers will run on August 1 and August 2. There are eight spots to be granted into the Finals to the best eight teams from the North American and European LCQs, as well as the top four teams from APAC’s qualifier. For both regions, the 24 teams with the most Challenger Points don’t need to face the LCQs as they will be automatically qualified for the finals. In terms of APAC, the top 12 teams with Challengers Points will qualify automatically.

As a way to prevent major roster changes among top teams, the league has set a new rule through which any team who was automatically qualified must keep the same lineup during the last Challengers event of the season, which is the Toronto Ultra Open that runs from July 24 to 26. According to CDL, the date for the Challengers Finals will be announced very soon.