Call of Duty League releases big details on its upcoming 2021 season


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The Call of Duty League is ready to kick off for 2021, and there is going to be some major prize money at stake. Up for grabs over the course of the season will be a US$500,00 for each of the Majors. Then there will a US$2.5 million CDL playoff prize pool.

The action gets underway this weekend with the Kickoff Classic. That will be the first of five stages of group play spread across three weeks.

Highlights of the Kickoff Classic, taking place January 23-24, will include play from all 12 CDL teams doing battls in exhibition matches, as well as both OpTic Chicago and Los Angeles Thieves clashing after some much-hyped offseason rebranding.

The Kickoff Classic will give fans a rundown of the 2021 CDL season, as well highlighting the groups that will be part of Stage One. Fans will also get the chance to vote for their dream matchups.

As you might have guessed given that we are the midst of a global pandemic, all Kickoff Classic play will take place online. Expect that to be the case for all Majors that will follow.

In addition to US$500,000 cheques—including US$200,000 for first place—majors of course will also feature valuable CDL Points. They break down as follows.


  • 1st place: 75 CDL Points
  • 2nd place: 60 CDL Points
  • 3rd place: 50 CDL Points
  • 4th place: 40 CDL Points
  • 5th/6th place: 30 CDL points each team
  • Seventh/eighth place: 20 CDL points each team
  • Ninth/10th place: 10 CDL points each team
  • 11th/12th place: zero points

The top finisher in the playoffs will take home US$1.2 million in prize money. The two teams brining up the rear will again get nothing but a badge the reads “Thanks for playing”.

Here is the breakdown the CDL playoff prize pool.


  • League champion: $1,200,000
  • Second place: $650,000
  • Third place: $300,000
  • Fourth place: $150,000
  • Fifth/sixth place: $75,000 per team
  • Seventh/eighth place: $25,000 per team

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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