After planning to move all of its in-person matches online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the competitive Call of Duty League esports competition is finally returning this weekend.
The 2020 Call of Duty League season will continue on Friday, April 10 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 8 PM GMT. The broadcast will go live on the company’s official YouTube channel, with the format pivoting to “a fully online production” with this new style “follow[ing] the original tournament structure,” according to a press release.
You can check the image below to see the home series schedule. The CDL also shared an updated 2020 schedule for the first games taking place this weekend.
“I spent many years at the NFL, and saw firsthand how sports can lift the human spirit,” league commissioner Johanna Faries said in the press release. “No one wants to be in this situation, but we are, and we’re thankful that Call of Duty Leagye can forge ahead and deliver live competition to fans when it’s probably needed most.”
The CDL will move all of its production to online and at-home broadcast for the foreseeable future, with the company giving its “utmost dedication to the health and safety of our players, staff, team personnel, and fans.”
The Overwatch League, which is also owned and operated by publisher Activision Blizzard, has also canceled its in-person matches for the next few months. Instead, much like the CDL, the OWL pivoted to a fully-online production, with staff and players all practicing social distancing and working from home.
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