Activision said that next year’s franchised Call of Duty league will be played in five-person teams and on console, and all teams must carry at least seven players on their respective rosters, the company announced on Reddit today.
Every player in the league must have a minimum salary of $50,000, with health care and retirement benefits. Teams will also be required to provide the players with at least 50 percent of their prize pool earnings. Much to the delight of amateur players, Activision said it will support Path to Pro events, which will be held online and offline with dedicated prize pools.
Starting on Aug. 26, league teams will have a small window to sign its current players to new contracts for next year’s league. On Sept. 3, all teams will be able to negotiate and sign players, pending their contract status.
Activision did say, however, that any team transitioning into the new league will have the right to match any offer made to a player on their roster.
The guidelines of the league system seem very familiar to the Overwatch League, Blizzard’s first city-based franchised league and one that eight of the nine CoD league teams are a part of. As more information is made available, it’d be unsurprising to see more similarities between the two Blizzard leagues.