First season of franchised Call of Duty esports league capped at 12 teams

All of the franchises have been finalized.

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Similar to the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty esports league in 2020 has reached its membership capacity at 12 teams, according to The Washington Post. Teams will also immediately begin playing in a home-and-away system in 2020, according to The Washington Post.

This means that the first season of the franchised Call of Duty League will feature teams in London, Paris, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New York, Seattle, Toronto, and Los Angeles. There are two franchises in Los Angeles, owned by KSE Esports and Immortals Gaming Club, respectively. 

Some of the most prominent brands in Call of Duty won't be involved in the inaugural season of the league, including FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves. 100 Thieves’ CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag already expressed his disinterest in joining the league on Aug. 29 due to the high price of purchasing a spot.

But this doesn't mean that 12 teams is the maximum for the franchised league. It'll likely add more franchises in future seasons, similar to the Overwatch League, which expanded to 20 teams after its first season.

The upcoming Call of Duty esports league is set to use Infinity Ward's next title, Modern Warfare, in the inaugural season. Modern Warfare will be released on Oct. 25