Call of Duty announces big prize pool for World Series of Warzone

Let’s face it—at this point in the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic game, we could all use not only a little good news, but also a whole lot of money. On that front Call of Duty’s World Series of Warzone ticks both boxes.

Game developer Activision has announced the 2021 version of the event. There will be a whopping US$300,000 up for grabs in each of four tournaments. That’s the largest prize pool of any online Call of Duty: Warzone competition to date. Action will take place in both North American and European regions, with the semi-invitational format featuring trios- and duos-based competitions .

In total 50 trio teams will fight it out for a custom lobby in six matches, with points awarded for kills and squad placement. Top teams will get a share of a $200,000 prize pool.

The other $100,000 per competition will be claimed in the Captain’s Cup. That’s where players with deep roots in Call of Duty will be chosen and named captains, after which they’ll draft pre-chosen trio squads.

Five captains will take part in a 9-round live draft via snake draft. Once there are five teams of 10 trios (or 30 total players per team), play will begin. Each captain’s team will be scored based on points accumulated by its 10 squads. When the dust settles and the gunsmoke has cleared, the Captain’s Cup prize pool will be divided up as follows: $1,000 for each player on the winning captain’s team, and $20,000 to the winning captain for being such a great judge of talent.

As one might expect, Activision isn’t just letting any old person show up for the parts. All hopefuls will be required to pass an extensive security check to ensure their Activision accounts are in good standing with no red flags. Anyone who has violated competitive integrity standards will be out before they are in. That will also mean they are banned from all future Activision Warzone events.

But back to the positive news. Qualifier tournaments for the World Series of Warzone will start on May 24, with the top 32 teams from four initial qualifiers end up in a double elimination bracket.

The lone team standing then joins the elite squads in a June 23 Trios NA tournament.

For more information on how you can get involved, go here.

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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