That was just the beginning War zone esports, according to Activision’s Leagues Head Johanna Faries.
“We have spent a lot of time in the low season thinking about what the next level offer makes War zone looks like for CDL and the wider e-sports community Call of Duty? In the Faries. “Over the next few months, I think we will have exciting things to share about what it means for us and what fans can look forward to, not just in 2021
CDL is preparing for its second season, after a debut marked by a global pandemic and countless technical problems when the league quickly switched to a virtual format. Throughout 2020, pro games were marred by server problems, dropping players and rushing with switches, even stretching into the Championship weekend.
Take the London Home Series final between the Dallas Empire and the Paris Legion in July as an example: Teams were able to test and veto in advance on certain servers, but the only sources available were in California, Texas or Illinois. The teams ended up playing on Texas servers, giving the Dallas team a clear potential advantage in terms of latency. The Dallas Empire won that series, but even team star James “Clayster” Eubanks called it “so unfair.”
Hi, we won, so I can not be fried to be salty, but it is completely unfair that the server choices against Paris are CA, TX and IL. We veto CA because they are 4 CA, they veto IL because it is farthest from them all, and they are stuck on a TX host. So unfair.
– NYSL Clayster (@Clayster) July 19, 2020
Faries did not elaborate on server seats or speeds, but she said the league is working closely with teams to build a more robust ecosystem for the 2021 season. It all officially starts on February 11, but first there is the Kickoff Classic on January 23 and 24, with six fan-voiced preseason matches among top teams.
“There has been a significant increase in server support,” Faries said. “And again, I think a good workflow flows, if you will, when everyone knows where the servers are, what the contingency plans look like if something should happen midstream. All the signs point to being very ready for that.”