Additional information regarding the Challenge Division of the Call of Duty World League for Call of Duty®: Black Ops III was finally released yesterday, providing answers to some of the most-heavily discussed questions regarding this aspect of the league.
The announcement started by giving a simple definition of what the Challenge Division is and a basic overview of how it will be run and managed.
“The Challenge Division is comprised of online and LAN tournaments open to all players not in the Pro Division. Unlike the Pro Division, there is not a set number of teams in the Challenge Division. Players earn Challenge Points based on their team’s performance, and these points stay with the player and contribute to their team’s seeding in future tournaments.”
According to this announcement, there will be two different tiers of tournaments. Tier 1 events, as they have been labeled, are “Lan and online tournaments that are open to both Pro Division and Challenge Division participants.” These first tier events will have dedicated prize pools for teams from both divisions. However, teams from the Pro Division are obviously not eligible to earn points for the Challenge Division. This basically assures Challenge Division teams more of an equal opportunity to qualify for the Call of Duty Championship.
On the other hand, Tier 2 events are much less extravagant, including online and LAN tournaments that are only open to teams in the Challenge Division. Cash prizes and Challenge Division points will both be awarded based on performance.
The announcement then stated that at the end of each season of the Pro Division, the top teams ranked by Challenge Division points will qualify for a Relegation Tournament in their region to compete for a spot in the following Pro Division season. This is similar to how the MLG Pro League was operated during Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, where the worst four teams from the pro league had to play against the amateur teams for the final four spots in the league.
Just to clarify, the Challenge Division is still a part of the official CWL, which means that all participants must be at least 18 years of age or older. Challenge Division teams will have the opportunity to try and qualify for both the Pro Division and the Call of Duty Championship. For any other additional information about the Challenge Division, stay tuned to callofduty.com/CWL or follow their Twitter account for future news and announcements.
To read the official press release about the Challenge Division on the CWL website, you can click the link here.
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