The Call of Duty League has postponed its second week of competitors due to the snowstorms and subsequent power outages in Texas which have left some lifeless and thousands and thousands with out electrical energy. Instead, the league will mix the second and third weeks of play right into a full seven days of play dubbed the Super Week.
It might come as no shock that 24 CDL gamers live in Dallas alone. There’s one thing within the water, I assume. Anyway, the gamers want time to put together and get safely located, in order that they’re getting a one-week break. The first weekend of play exceeded its viewership targets, with 131,000 individuals tuning in to watch the Optic Chicago vs. Atlanta Faze match. A complete of 1.4 million hours of match content material have been watched, and total reside viewership was up almost 50% from the launch weekend final yr.
That’s acquired to come as a disappointment to the professionals, who have been little doubt anxious to play after the pandemic disrupted the 2020 season. I watched the opening weekend of play and interviewed Kenny Williams of L.A. Thieves and Chris “Simp” Lehr of Optic Chicago.
The league stated it made the choice with the enter of gamers. Super Week will function the identical 20 matches from Weeks 2-3 as beforehand decided by the Group Selection Show, simply in a distinct order and over 7-straight days of competitors.
The league welcome USAA as a sponsor final week, and 100 Thieves introduced that Dollar Shave Club had signed on as a sponsor for its 2021 season.
The motion kicks off at 12 p.m. Pacific on Monday, February 22 with a doubleheader because the Florida Mutineers tackle the Los Angeles Guerrillas and Toronto Ultra faces off towards the Atlanta FaZe. Tuesday by way of Sunday will function a tripleheader every day.
Simp, who was a league MVP in 2019, instructed me in our interview final week that he was inspired to see the expansion of the league’s viewing hours and new sponsors.
“Anything that joins the league and helps us out is always super-welcome,” he stated. “It’s great to reach new audiences with whatever sponsor is helping out.”
He additionally stated he was wanting ahead to the 4-on-4 matches as an alternative of final yr’s 5-on-5 matches. And he stated he’s having fun with pursuing his dream of having an esports profession.
“There are a lot of people who want to do things in life but sometimes they have to jump through a bunch of hoops or sometimes they don’t have the natural talent for it,” he stated. “I found something that is the best of both worlds for me and I have been naturally talented at it. It’s too good a job to pass up. I’m glad the league is adapting and making it more enjoyable for the players.”
Clearly, he wasn’t speaking concerning the disruption of this week, however final week he stated he was ready to roll with the adjustments that got here with final yr’s CDL transferring from bodily occasions to on-line solely.
“Everything we have is something to be grateful for,” he stated.
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